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.

  • IainT0842

    I don’t believe this for a second. Also I hope it isn’t true. £13m for a player who has only scored in France? but they won’t pay £15m for Charlie Austin……Aye righto.

  • TelBoyTelboy

    Do you not mean quality strikers rather that Striker, Do you honestly believe one striker will be enough.

    We have signed one player now the local press are on the verge of calling Newcastle world beaters.

    Our transfer dealing up to now have been shocking to say the least, We should have at least 4 players in the door before now, We were looking for at least 6 to 7 players I doubt this will happen now.

  • Steve1221

    TelBoyTelboy If Cisse is staying then yes one quality striker will be enough, with De Jong and Wijnaldum to fit into the team any more would onld only stall the development of Perez, Aarons and Armstrong.

  • Durham_CK

    If I was Cabella hearing about being offered to this club and that club I would be rather naffed off at the moment. As for this chap he sounds like he could be another Rivière, who lets not forget banged the goals on for Monaco before he came to the club. Let’s put the offer on the table for Austin give him a deadline like Mitrovic so we can either move on or welcome them to the club.

  • LintonLad

    I’d rather they’d buy a decent Centre Half.

  • DownUnderMag

    Why not just pay the extra couple of million and get Austin?  Could it be they are looking at wage demands and still refuse to pay the required rate for a proven goal scorer?  Have they learned nothing from Riviere?
    I’m worried about the total lack of talk about getting defensive improvements.  We struggled to score goals in too many games, I get that, but most of that was down to the tactics employed by Pardew and Carver while the main issues revolved around delivery to the lone striker.  But we also leaked goals at an alarming rate and yet nothing is being done about that.
    I just hope the focus on goalscorers isn’t just a season ticket ploy…if we go into the season with the same back four then we are just asking for trouble.