Latest news just in from across the water is that Newcastle have been knocked back once again on the much publicised chase for Mathieu Debuchy.

Lille Chairman, Michel Seydoux, has rejected Newcastle United’s latest bid, telling L’Equipe:

“I decided that Mathieu Debuchy will remain at LOSC. The offer from Newcastle is definitely not at the value of the player.

It would have taken the offer to be consistent and commensurate with its replacement. As the conditions are not met, it is my duty to make a decision”.

The pessimist in me says that when something goes on this long we are highly unlikely to get Debuchy now.

The optimist says that I believe he wants to come to Newcastle, he’s Yohan Cabaye’s best mate and he’s not interested in going anywhere else.

The realist tells me that if Newcastle offer something near the asking price then the Lille Chairman will no longer decide that the right-back is staying.