Earlier this month there were claims that Newcastle United had offered £13m for 22 year old Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan who plays for Bordeaux.

A Remy Cabella loan was also said to be part of that alleged offer, similar to what was claimed this week with Newcastle’s apparent ongoing interest in French winger Florian Thauvin.

However, now when questioned about Aston Villa’s reported bid for Diego Rolan after the Midlands club lost Christian Benteke, the Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud has said he’s heard nothing from Villa but admitted there had been some interest shown by Newcastle, though not a bid.

Jean-Louis Triaud speaking to L’equipe:

“With Newcastle there has been contact, though never direct with us, only via intermediates. With Newcastle, we can assume that there was some truth in their interest, but Aston Villa, never heard anything directly or indirectly.”

Whether the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic has completely killed off that United interest in Diego Rolan is an unknown, or whether he could potentially complement the Serbian striker?

Rolan was linked (along with countless others) with Newcastle even before that claimed £13m bid, the player having signed for Bordeaux in the same transfer window (January 2013) when we were landed with Yoan Gouffran from the French club.

For just over £2m, Diego Rolan was brought over from Uruguay as a 19 year old and after finally finding his feet, last season the striker scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in only 28 starts (plus another 8 appearances as a sub).

In the previous 18 months, the striker had scored only two goals in 25 (18 plus 7 as sub) Ligue 1 matches.

At international level he has also just recently became first choice thanks in large part to his club football last season, in this summer’s Copa America Diego Rolan started all four of Uruguay’s matches but he failed to find the back of the net in any of them.