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.



  • Phil

    Don’t know what’s worse. Being linked with a player most won’t of even heard of. Or the fact Bournemouth are blowing us out of the water!

    Hopefully it’s just another tale to add to the ever growing list

    • TheNutJob

      it blows out of the water the fallacy that Rafa is in charge of transfers.
      he`s being taken for a right mug
      Que ?

      • Phil

        Graham Carr was never sacked by the looks of this headline

        • TheNutJob

          that could well be true

        • Mitros gotta start

          He got sacked….must have left his scouting list in the desk drawer

          • Phil

            I wonder who gets the back hander now then graham or the new guy? Maybe they split it

        • Jezza

          I think Carr’s “sacking” was just a publicity stunt triggered by the Inland Revenue raid. I am convinced he is still the one picking out the club’s transfer targets.

          • TheNutJob

            that would come as no surprise considering the strokes Fatty pulls

          • Peaky Magpie

            Everything seems to be one big PR stunt at the minute Jezza,it’s got a “Trueman Show” feel about it.

        • Peaky Magpie

          Of course,we’ve all been had,who else would have signed the Hoss ? I bet he’s in disguise!

  • HappyToons

    firming me belly, that’s a 1000 sit ups just done

    • Tony Mann

      Tried it…. got as far as 5 then a sick up.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Me too,piece of p**s,only taken me 6 weeks 😧

  • Mitros gotta start

    Who?

    To be fair….if we would have offered twice as much he still wouldnt come here….not like mbemba will give us a glowing reference is it?
    Plus the fat slug would probably make him take a pay cut

  • John Partland

    Just illustrates my point the other day regarding Mitrovic. If a French team (excluding PSG) wants to buy a player they’re so poor and can’t possibly meet the £15 million asking price, but when the shoe is on the other foot, any player any team in France its £15 million and they don’t ever budge. Granted our offer is pathetic if we know Bournemouth had a 12 Mil offer rejected recently, but this is 15 mil being demanded for a player who is hardly a great goal scorer. You have to look at the quality of the French league, I’d say its not to much better than the championship if you take the 2/3 big teams out of the league, Gayle was prolific at Championship level, not so much in the Premiership. I doubt this guy will be much better. No way should we go anywhere near 15 Mil. Nor should we accept a discounted bid for Mitrovic

    • Mitros gotta start

      Hang on….he could be the next cabella or sissoko!

      • Soldier

        or Joselu

        • Paul Patterson

          Or Riviere . .

          • Tony Mann

            Or Me – I’m only 60 . Sunday league footy was a proper game 30 years ago…. And it cost me a quid a game in ‘subs’..

          • Peaky Magpie

            Funny you should say that but there’s a fella who plays in the Japanese league who’s just signed a new contract and he’s just turned 50,33 years in the pro game apparently.So Tony gets ya boots cleaned and wait for Penfold’s phone call.

          • Tony Mann

            Boots (Adidas Santiago no less – cost me £10 ) cleaned and waiting for a contract at err….. How does £10k a week sound? Got my own walking stick !

          • Peaky Magpie

            ‘Subs’…..bloody hell there’s an idea for Fatso,YOU pay him for the privilege to play for the club !!!

          • Tony Mann

            AND – Don’t forget – I’ve got my own walking stick!

          • Peaky Magpie

            SD on your stick Tony,you’re in 👍

          • Tony Mann

            Sorry, Can’t – It’s just collapsed and took my hip with it!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Played in the same side as Mirandinah

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye apparently so,started in mid 80’s sometime,unbelievable.

  • Soldier

    not another striker from France. Ashley must be preparing for another stint in the championship

  • mactoon

    How can we ‘table a bid’ if Rafa doesn’t know his transfer budget and can’t get any lined up deals signed off?

    The whole thing is just a joke with Ashley underlining that he does not know anything about how to run a football club and is only interested in buying cheap and selling for a profit.

    • TheNutJob

      because Rafa doesn`t look like he`s in charge of transfers, i bet he doesn`t even know who this lad is. he ask`s for a striker & they come up with this, it`s a joke

    • Tony Mann

      He’s buying cheap – and getting stuck with the useless [email protected]

    • Mitros gotta start

      That is Rafa’s transfer budget…..half what he needs to buy anyone….always has been

  • Илья Иванов

    My grandad looks younger than this so-called 23 y.o. african footballer.

    • Dillon Tovak

      I don’t care how old he is, he sounds $hit.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Divvent mince ya words Dillon 😂

    • HarryHype59

      Careful, the PC squad may think you ‘re Peter Beardsley posting comments like that!

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂😂

      • Geordiegiants

        Honestly he will get banned for that. The mag needs to move off this left wing platform.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Aye….but how is he on a climing frame pedro?

  • Leicester Mag

    If true further evidence that this club is utterly incompetent. Offering half the money?? How the beef hook does that work? I’d say it beggars belief but it doesn’t because the clubs ability to plum new depths of took wittery seems boundless.

  • Paul Busby

    Struggling for games in Ligue 1 and they want £12-13m…

    Move on lads, been there done that got the horrifically disappointing t shirt

  • TheNutJob

    transfermarket has him at £2.5m & that`s all he`ll be worth

    • Down Under Mag

      It’s not what someone is worth, it’s how much someone is willing to pay for them. Sad state of football these days i’m afraid.

      • Paul Patterson

        How much can we trick the mackems into buying Colback back? :-)

  • Peaky Magpie

    Tas de merde !!!

  • Tony Mann

    Testicules Complets !!!

    • Peaky Magpie

      This’ll confuse the hell out of Disqus I’m going Latin tomorrow 😁😁

      • Tony Mann

        Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus , Amatis Amant.

        • Tony Mann

          No idea where that came from – 48 years of Latin Teacher fear. He was / is a [email protected] though.,

          • Peaky Magpie

            Impressive all the same.

          • Tony Mann

            The only reason I was decent at french was because the teacher was mega fit – Short (mini) skirts, stockings, and she sat ON the desk showing her knickers to the world. She’d get arrested now.

          • Desree

            Did you go to st marys

          • Tony Mann

            Went to St Josephs Grammar in Hebburn.

        • Rich Lawson

          Weren’t some of these Musketeers ?

  • Down Under Mag

    As much as I have said before, I will believe any news when it is reported as signed and sealed. This though does seem to follow the usual trend of our “offer low so it won’t be accepted and claim we couldn’t compete” philosophy we have seen trotted out many times before. Smokescreen transfer offers to claim we have tried but in reality had no chance or intention of succeeding with. If we win against Swansea then I can see us getting no-one in as Ashley backs us to finish above the dropzone without further investment.

    • gallowgate26

      I don’t think he’ll sign any even if we lose to Swansea, apart from maybe a token loan signing from Chelsea. The club is being managed to win the championship and be a yoyo club, but that won’t work every time… The squad is being stocked with good championship players. Maybe bouncing back twice has made Ashely believe it’s worth the gamble.

  • I find that hard to believe, we no longer shop in France after Carr resigned.

  • Cockneytrev

    He’s worth nowhere near that kind of money, another bang average player from the French league…..

  • kingfisher

    I’ve stopped reading anything about potential transfers in the last few seasons,as 99.99% are rumours,fake news etc.Anything over £5.00 you know it’s over the Cockney oafs transfer limit !

  • Colin Brumwell

    Another 3rd rate bargain from the lower reaches of a weak league