Newcastle United are claimed to have had an offer of £13m rejected for 22 year old Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan.
Talksport report that an extra incentive in the deal was that Newcastle would have also loaned Remy Cabella to the French club this season.
Rolan was linked (along with countless others) with Newcastle earlier in this transfer window, 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 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.
How much substance there is in this particular story is anybody’s guess but with only three and a half weeks until the Premier League kicks off, the time is pressing for Newcastle to bring in a quality striker.
This morning brought reports in the Belgian media claiming Newcastle had given Aleksandar Mitrovic a 48 hour deadline to decide whether he will come to Tyneside, so potentially Rolan could be a plan B.
As for Remy Cabella, the club stated he has not travelled to America due to injury but that hasn’t prevented mounting speculation, that the claimed reality is that he will instead be loaned out to a French club to rediscover some form and confidence.