Newcastle failed with late bid for Garry Rodrigues – Report
Thursday has brought belated claims that Newcastle United failed with a late transfer window bid for Garry Rodrigues.
The 26 year old is a wide attacking right footed player who has already played in Holland, Bulgaria and Greece, as well as two seasons in La Liga for Elche.
He only recently joined Galatasaray for £3m in January of this year from PAOK but Turkish media outlet Hurriyet claim that Newcastle offered to double their money after only seven months with a late August bid of £6m.
The Turkish club only finished fourth last season and after missing out on Champions League football, had to play in the qualifying stages of the Europa League.
So their season actually started in mid-July and Hurriyet report that Newcastle watched Garry Rodrigues over a matter of weeks before putting in the bid.
They actually were knocked out of the Europa League in July when losing a two legged tie to Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK but then made a strong start in the domestic league.
Garry Rodrigues has played all three matches and notched two assists as Galatasaray are top, the only side with nine points from the opening three matches. Bafetimbi Gomis was their star summer signing and he has scored four goals in three league games.
After Rodrigues impressed Newcastle, Hurriyet say that the £6m bid was made for the Cape Verde international to the Galatasaray president, Dursun Ozbek.
The President then is said to have consulted the team manager and the board before deciding to turn the offer down.
The player only made five league starts (and 11 as a sub) for Galatasaray after joining in January but has started all five matches this season and looks set to be a first team regular.
The summer saw a lot of claims in the Turkish media of Newcastle buying or selling players but Yoan Gouffran was the only one which proved of any substance – joining Goztepe after being released by Newcastle. Though after starting in the first league match against Fenerbahce (a 2-2 draw), Gouffran was subbed after 76 minutes and hasn’t been named in the squad since, so presumably he is injured.
In this week since the transfer window ended, we have also seen a number of other claims like this Garry Rodrigues one, of supposed failed transfers that are only now coming to light.
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