Newcastle have an offer of €6m (around £5.3m) on the table for Firmin Mubele according to Goal France.
The 23 year old DR Congo international striker is a regular teammate of Newcastle’s Chancel Mbemba for his country but has found games for his club difficult to come by.
Rennes replaced manager Christian Gourcuff with Sabri Lamouchi on 8 November and since then, the forward has only started two Ligue One matches and played 340 minutes in total in all competitions.
After scoring 16 goals in 33 league starts for Al Ahli, he moved to Rennes in January 2017.
Firmin Mubele scored three goals in 13 league starts for the French club in the second half of last season and according to respected Goal France journalist Julien Quelen, Newcastle made an offer of €6m for the striker last summer.
He says that at the time the offer was rejected but Newcastle reiterated that offer at the beginning of this January window, only for Bournemouth to bid €12m (around £10.7m).
That bid has also been rejected with Julien Quelen saying that Rennes are holding out for €15m (approx £13.3m).
The situation is further complicated with former club Al Ahli being entitled to 20% of any sale price.
The striker’s last Ligue One start saw him score against PSG last month but it was only a consolation effort as Rennes went down 4-1 at home.
A regular scorer for his country, Firmin Mubele scored four goals in six starts (plus two appearances off the bench) in the recent World Cup qualifying campaign which saw DR Congo miss out on the finals.
As with all transfer stories we will never know for sure how much substance there is/was in it, unless of course he actually signs.
Though purely on price, I’m guessing like me, most of you are probably thinking that around the £5m mark there is a chance of Newcastle competing but when it comes to over £13m on a player, we are yet to see Mike Ashley allow Rafa Benitez to go to those dizzy heights on a signing.