Alassane Plea is travelling to Germany on Wednesday afternoon.

The Nice striker scheduled to sign for Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow.

The reliable Get French Football News report that the Newcastle target will move for 25m euros (approx £22.1m) including bonuses.

It was claimed earlier this week that Nice had allowed Alassane Plea to choose the German club, even though both Newcastle United and West Ham had offered a bigger transfer fee.

Get French Football News says that Monchengladbach have landed the 25 year old despite the fact he will get lower wages as well, than that offered by the two Premier League clubs.

The report adds that he will be signing a five year contract.

Alassane Plea was claimed to be the first new player (Dubravka a previously agreed fee and Ki Sung-yueng a free transfer) that Newcastle United had made an offer of money for this summer

Nice Director Julien Fournier saying about the transfer:

“Monchengladbach was the first choice of the player and we did everything to comply (with the player’s wishes).

“There was no question of getting into a bidding war, given Alassane’s exemplary behaviour on and off the pitch.”

The Mag – 3 July 2018:

Tuesday has seen Sky Sports bring a ‘breaking’ news story to viewers, reporting that Newcastle United are now in talks to sign Alassane Plea.

The 25 year old looks guaranteed to leave Nice this summer and it appears to be a case of just which club he will end up at.

Earlier this morning we brought you news (see below) that Patrick Vieira had confirmed the striker didn’t turn up for the first day of pre-season on Monday.

This followed/coincided with an exclusive from Le10Sport over in France, reporting that Plea had been the subject of a Newcastle United offer, which Nice had instantly knocked back.

The claimed NUFC bid said not to match Nice’s £18m+ valuation of the striker.

Always tricky with Sky Sports ‘exclusives’, as you know whether they are indeed…exclusives.

Where Newcastle are concerned, Sky Sports have regularly been given the nod by NUFC on many transfers previously, thanks to their special relationship with Mike Ashley.

Not always the case, but pretty regularly the broadcaster has been first with NUFC transfers.

As for this Alassane Plea one, it is hard to tell whether it is just recycling the news from elsewhere, or indeed their ‘sources’ are real this time.

It was interesting that when Ki Sung-Yueng signed on Friday, nobody at all, including Sky Sports, had a clue about it before the day of the deal actually happening – which including the player having had his medical, been interviewed and videoed/photographed for the club to put out as part of the announcement.

The Mag – Earlier Today (Tuesday 3 July 2018):

Newcastle United are claimed to have made their first offer of money for a new player this summer.

The momentous event reported to have happened on Monday.

It was contained in an ‘exclusive’ by Le10Sport over in France, they say that whilst clubs such as Borussia Monchengladbach and Monaco had made enquiries for striker Alassane Plea, it is actually Newcastle who have made the first firm offer.

They say their information is that the offer was made by Newcastle, but instantly rejected by Nice.

Le10Sport say that one thing they are certain of, is that Nice are insisting on a transfer fee of over 20m euros (£18m+) before they will let the player go.

Not bad business for someone who they paid Lyon just £400,000 for back in 2014. There has been claims of West Ham offering £27m for Alassane Plea but that figure looks unlikely/over the top.

The 25 year old made a slow start to his Nice career, scoring only three and then six goals in his first two Ligue 1 seasons at the club.

However, these last two seasons have seen a much improved and dangerous player, league goals returns of 11 and 16 which have coincided with the arrival of Mario Balotelli at the club.

Alassane Plea can play through the middle or on either wing and has a lot of pace, with Balotelli playing as the main striker it makes Plea’s goal return look more impressive.

He actually got 21 goals and seven assists in all competitions last season and looks like he is definitely leaving Nice this summer.

A French Under 21 international, Alassane Plea has made further headlines, with Nice boss Patrick Vieira having now confirmed that both Plea and Mario Balotelli didn’t turn up for Nice’s first day of pre-season training on Monday.

No explanation has been put forward for Balotelli’s absence but other French media have claimed that Alassane Plea had experienced ‘airline issues’ in his attempts to make the first day of training.

With now only 37 days until we get to the Premier League transfer deadline day, it would be a help if indeed Newcastle are starting to offer money for players.

Whilst Ki Sung-Yueng is a credible squad signing, as Newcastle fans have season ticket renewal deadline day today, it would be encouraging to see a guaranteed first team signing or two arriving in the very near future.



  • SuperDesHamilton

    Imagine charnley trying sell the club to Plea

    “Well You should join Newcastle because we aim to just avoid relegation every season & don’t wanna do well in cups, wanna join”

  • Wezza

    We just wouldn’t be held to ransom by other clubs and the timing of the massive offer we put in had nothing to do with season ticket deadline day. Next!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Do i not believe that.
    West Ham may well have offered him more money as they`re on a spending spree, but Newcastle, forget it

  • Awaymag

    Oh okay, we will be moving on then

  • Duh

    This was dubious anyway IMO. Probably the agent spreading it on the basis that Newcastle and West Ham did their shopping in France a few year’s back. Wanted to try to speed up the move and bump up the salary. There may be NUFC interest in forwards and inquiries made but there is no way the club is bidding for a 25m+ forward until at least Mitro is on his way out of the door.

    • Clarko

      Newcastle made a ~£20m bid for Plea.

      • JonMag

        Prove it

        • Clarko

          *Prove

          Try PROOFreading your comments before posting them dummy.

          • JonMag

            you din`t answer the question dimwit, now go play with your starship, you pr1k

          • Clarko

            *didn’t

            Pigeons learn quicker.

          • JonMag

            Thought so, Moron

          • Desree

            Lord Clarko is on the rampage again.

          • Wezza

            The sad Sgt Bilko is just looking for attention and thrives off responses like this. Personality disorder.

          • Dillon Tovak

            100%

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Duh

            Yeah, media reports without quotes (from club officials) is not proof. The quote from the Nice chairman was there was not going to be a bidding war because we have a good relationship with the player.
            Again, he chooses his words carefully, probably complicit with the agent to make the move happen by neither confirming nor denying other bids.

          • Clarko

            Can you provide quotes from club officials that said we were in talks with Ki Sung-yueng before he signed? Where is your proof that there was no bid made?

          • TheNutJob

            😲😲 where`s your proof there was, the chronicle

          • Clarko

            The Chronicle, The Times, Press Association Sport, Sky Sports.

          • TheNutJob

            yet Nice Plea`s club says there wasn`t, mmmmmmm

          • Clarko

            Where did they say that? Quote it.

          • TheNutJob

            try Google then the Nice official website

          • Clarko

            If it’s so easy to find why didn’t you copy and paste the quote?

            😂 😂 😂

          • TheNutJob

            use your brains Clarko, they should be located between your lugs

          • Clarko

            And there we go, no quote.

          • TheNutJob

            here’s a drink for you, chill and watch the game
            🍼🍼🍼🍼🍼
            enjoy Clarko

          • Wezza

            There wasn’t a bid for Plea, Kevin, argument over.

          • Desree

            He is still going. Clarko is close to cracking!

          • Duh

            Well there weren’t any, the press had no idea until he turned up and signed. If anything, it proves they know nothing (or at least their insight is very limited).
            Newcastle do not leak this stuff anymore, they are worried they will lose any potential target to a higher bidder.

          • Clarko

            You said/implied that only quotes from club officials qualify as valid. When do you ever hear club officials announce a bid for a player, wouldn’t that be silly? Announcing to the whole world what player you want and how much you’re willing to pay for that player. It doesn’t happen, see Ki Sung-yeung as an example.

            Where is your proof, a quote from a club official at Nice or Newcastle, that states that Newcastle did not bid for Plea?

          • Duh

            Neither of us can prove it one way or another hence, I stated “in my opinion” and went on to say “probably”.

            You on the other hand state there was a bid as fact, seemingly based on media reports and a lack of proof that there was not a bid.

            With respect to announcing to the whole world, I think there is a difference between a formal announcement and when journalists clearly have spoken to someone in the know.

            For example, I think everyone at the time knew Newcastle had bid for Rooney despite their being no formal club announcement. Shepherd had a loose jaw, Charnley, regardless of whether you like him or not, does not. He seemingly avoids talking to anyone in the media, same as Mike apart from 3 (if memory serves me correctly) highly orchestrated statements.

          • Clarko

            And your opinion was based on absolutley nothing, nothing.

            There is proof that there was bid, there are multiple, reliable sources citing a bid/talks, there is zero proof suggest that those sources are wrong.

          • Duh

            Okay we will have to agree to disagree, press reports, no matter how reliable are not proof, if you can’t accept that, we can’t move beyond that.

            My opinion is not based on nothing, it’s based on logic and reasoning which I outlined.

            I also said it was dubious, I did not say it was categorically false.

          • Clarko

            There was absolutley no logic or reasoning in your first comment, you said it was ‘dubious’ because it’s probably just the ‘agent spreading’ lies to ‘bump up the salary’. It’s just uninformed, nonsense football talk.

            ‘press reports, no matter how reliable are not proof’

            No, they are, I don’t think you know what the word ‘proof’ means, a press report is proof, you then need to question how reliable that proof is before you can accept it, you’re generalising all news as fake, it’s just silly. How do you learn anything if you don’t accept/believe anything you read? Or do you just choose not learn or read anything?

          • Duh

            I was talking about press reports in the context of transfer gossip not all of journalism, I would think that would be obvious.

            As I say, your definition of proof is different from mine so, it’s pointless continuing the debate.

          • Clarko

            You’re doing it again, generalising all stories regarding transfers as ‘gossip’ without dissecting the individual story and source.

            This hasn’t been a ‘debate’, you’ve haven’t debated anything, all you have done is stated that reports don’t qualify as proof and just dismissed them.

            The definiton of proof – evidence or argument establishing a fact or the truth of a statement. In this case the proof/evidence is the reports, the reports are establishing a fact or truth. Are the reports good? If yes then you can accept the proof, if no then you can disregard the proof. You didn’t bother to ask if the proof was good or not, you just dismissed it.

          • I’ve got the Ki

            It’s not proof, it’s evidence. The argument is over whether it is sufficient evidence to be proof. Duh seems to understand that, but you don’t – deciding instead to become entrenched in your misinterpretation. Much like that time that you couldn’t understand why questions had to end with a question mark.

            It’s a dangerous habit not to recognise and concede when you might be wrong, or your interlocutor might have a valid point.

          • Clarko

            The definiton of proof – evidence or argument establishing a fact or the truth of a statement.

            In this case the proof (evidence or argument) is the reports, the reports are establishing a fact or truth (the fact that Newcastle bid for Plea).

            It’s very hard to even have a “conversation” with you as the only relevant part of your comment was the following:

            ‘It’s not proof, it’s evidence. The argument is over whether it is sufficient evidence to be proof.’

            That was your only “reasoning”, in the rest of your comment you were just trying to attack me, just seems desperate. Try developing an actual argument next time.

          • Desree

            A player on a free who nobody wanted? When does a bridge in?

          • Clarko

            Again Desree, like the last time, you haven’t bothered to read the discussion/are unable to read or follow the discussion.

          • Desree

            Clarko you are using a free transfer as an example to prove your point.

          • Clarko

            Yeah I did and it proved my point.

          • Desree

            Now get back to minecraft

        • SuperDesHamilton

          He believes anything the club says despite 11 years of lies

    • JonMag

      there will be no £25m bidding by Newcastle even when Mitrovich is gone

      • Duh

        maybe not

  • JonMag

    Never was a bid by Nufc, never was going to be a bid

  • TheNutJob

    who says we made a bid, the chronicle, the mag, because Nice know nothing about it.

  • Rich Lawson

    Nowt to do with them being in the Champion’s League then ?

    • TheNutJob

      it`s got everything to do with disinformation

  • TheNutJob

    where`s Scotty when you want him, beam up Clarko pls

  • robbersdog

    So now we’re outbidding Borussia Monchengladbach in regard to both transfer fees and wages?!

    Pull the other one…it plays the Blaydon Races.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂😂

    • Desree

      Like Aubameyang all over again

  • Wor Lass

    Refreshing attitude by his club.

    • Duh

      If you believe it.

    • TheNutJob

      the tricolour will be flying over Chateau wor lass on Sunday

  • TheNutJob

    Engerrrrrland

    • paul mclaughlan

      Nail biting now.

      • TheNutJob

        look like the Toon, go 1 up then sit back, nowt up front couldn`t hit a barn door

        • paul mclaughlan

          Agreed. The likes of Rashford, Sterling and Lindgard need to learn how to control a ball.

          • TheNutJob

            centre backs asleep & neither team will beat the French

        • paul mclaughlan

          Over and out.

  • Soldier

    better team won, England tactically out thought in the second half, one thing`s for sure Southgate isn`t a Ramsey or a Robson when it comes to match planning
    shame but we just aren`t good enough

    • nevfur

      Should have got a second in first half but blew the chances. Would have been over at 2-0. Croatia better team after half time probably relieved to not be already out of it. Decent performances from a young team. Hope for the future. 54 years never stopped me dreaming lol

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Yes their chance to progress was there in the first half hour but they blew it big style then sat back inviting Croatia onto them which was only going to end one way.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        That was probably their motivation talk… for all chances only 1-0. After 30 mins we drop off happened in all games.

        Mind France would have destroyed us.

    • Down Under Mag

      I think we saw the England of old, heavy with the weight of expectation rather than the England we had seen up to this point that had no fear and no pressure. Young squad and they should give the next world cup a good shake but too many passengers and too negative against Croatia and the best team won. As has been said – oh for a Shelvey to bring on to make that killer ball through while the opposition played deep. Having said that it would have been good to Sterling who was clearly not good enough all tournament benched and others given their chance.

  • Soldier

    the writing was on the wall when Henderson was subbed & replaced by Dier instead of Loftus Cheek, went defensive instead of attack and paid the ultimate penalty,
    oh for a Shelvey on the bench; sick as a parrot

    • Leazes.

      Never mind.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Nice pot of T with 2 sugars should sort it

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      England were effectively out of the game after the first half hour and only showed up for that spell of the game.
      After that it was all Croatia who looked like the only side trying to win it so fair play to them because they deserved it.
      You cannot win football matches passing the ball backwards and sideways creating nothing.

      All in all you cannot complain with a p*ss poor side managing to make it to the semi-final.
      They had an easy route through and the only time they came up against decent opposition they had no answers what so ever in Belgium’s reserves and Croatia.

      As usual though the over the top hype got to the public and they dared to dream again but it was misplaced.

      • Billmag

        Deli Ali was a spent force after half time can’t understand why he wasn’t substituted.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Aye 30 mins in all games. Good job we scored from set pieces as our finishing been poor. Alli and Lingard go missing once spent. Sterling disconnects brain from feet for England as well. Kane cant do it all he needs some service.

        Chuffed to get so far but opportunity missed albeit fortunate.

        What I would have given for Shelvey to be there. Think Southgates subsitutions been poor as well. He was a bit naive at times and too pally than a manager especially with Alli.

      • nufcslf

        You have to remember though, Croatia were only here today because of two penalty shoot-out wins. They were there for the taking especially at 1 nil up. Sh*t coaching and poor starting 11 rather than a team that shouldn’t win. France will now win the cup and shouldn’t of even got out of the group stage. England should be shot for not taking advantage of a tournament that was there for the taking. Where have we all seen this before???…

      • kingfisher

        Absolutely spot on. 👏👏👏

    • paul mclaughlan

      Aye we’ve screamed out for a decent passer of the ball. Although most of our attacking players wouldn’t be able to control it.

      • nufcslf

        Cane was awful in the quater final as well.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Other than against Tunisia where he scored a couple of decent headers, he’s had a poor tournament really.

    • Desree

      We all knew England had to keep a clean sheet to go through.

      Croatia had more energy second half and looked full of running. Perisic was a class above and Croatia could have won it in normal time.

      Kane was injured and Stirling, Lingard and Ali decide what they are going to do with the ball after they have lost it.

      Let’s compare southgate to Hippo Heed. Cos we would not have got past the group with him in charge.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        We may all call Fat Sam but one thing is for sure he wouldn`t have been caught with his pants down last night.

        • Desree

          Yeh he had a stellar international record.

          • Dillon Tovak

            He’ll have “only England manager to have a 100% win record” on his tombstone.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Can`t argue with that

          • Desree

            Mickey Bridges said on Australian TV last night “The journalists who stitched up Big Sam should get a knighthood if England win the world cup’

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            well that went down the toilet, didn`t it

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Still think whatever players we sign will be out of nowhere. We seem to have rumours to throw off scent… and then there are rumours just to sell season tickets…

    • Down Under Mag

      As long as we sign the right players then I don’t care…as long as we sign them. Making random bids for players clearly going elsewhere or offering below the asking value that clearly won’t be accepted is NOT doing the job. Hopefully it will be a case of a few outgoings generating the space needed to sign some players. I do actually understand the need to sell players before we buy as we don’t want to end up with 35 players and we can only register 25 of them yet still paying for the rest.

  • nufcslf

    Off topic here and this [email protected] can play for whoever he wants to, but was that England match not calling for Jonjo Shelvey. In the fine words of ‘The Bussiness’, “Gareth Southgate, you c** t”.

    • Desree

      Who would he be passing to? Raheem Sterling? England do need more creativity but they need to be more clinical. Sterling needs 3 touches just to decide what his plan is.

      • nufcslf

        In my pathetic coaching world, Jonjo would be playing for Lingard and Sterling would be nowhere to be found in the starting 11. He would be supllying balls for Cane and Rashford. It is why I am sat in Vancouver and why the FA can fail over and over again. My bad I suppose and not surprised at all. Well done England???…

        • Desree

          Well done. You should be Rafas protege.

          • nufcslf

            Oh to be a armchair coach. Never make a mistake and never subject to blame……but great at pointing fingers…..

          • Desree

            You just described Sam Allardyce

          • nufcslf

            Very good. Sadly I am off very shortly here to be player/coach in an over 50’s match and half cut from watching the Egland game. It’s has sh*t your pants written all over it. Thank God it is only a summer league….Only toon news from here on in, hold onto your hats……

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m awaiting his interview now we’re he’ll be declaring he would of won

        • paul mclaughlan

          Sorry but Rashford needs to learn the art of controlling a ball too.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Yip, we didn`t have one midfield player who can do what Jonjo can
      we all know that England`s manager doesn`t
      he

  • Desree

    Fatty will be flogging more England shirts.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The 1st 20 mins last night i thought we`d win, then came the 2nd half & the Croatian manager chanced tactics & as i`ve said before Southgate hasn`t got a plan B.
    The forwards and midfield were abysmal & Kane looked well off the pace.
    i hate to say it but we won`t get anywhere with Southgate as manager
    he just hasn`t the tactical ability at international level but the press have decided to make him a demi-god.
    they had Modric we had nothing anywhere near him in class.
    2 years down the road it`ll be the same. the sad fact is we are not very good.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Southgate is similar to Coleman in the sense he was able to harness something, time/place/players listening & pulling in the right direction etc but as you say he is a poor manager.
      We’ve got to hope we’re not managerless when he leaves England because if it’s any time soon he’ll get a Newcastle/Everton/Leicester style job and take them straight down.
      He seems like a nice guy though and he’s given us a fun summer, so 🍻

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s an FA man, expect him to be in place for many years,
        i hate to say it but we won`t get anywhere with him in charge.
        he`s not a bad guy & the media have built up what is an ordinary team into World beaters and we`re nowhere near that.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Jesus, can you imagine the build up to the next euros?
          Then again, we may do a Wales and follow up our semifinal appearance by not qualifying. That’d save us the hype at least.

        • Desree

          Shame really because Southgate has got the players controlling games for the most part.

          It was a different England experience. Second half was like watching Sweden. No idea what to do when you need to get back into the game.

          Sterling is abysmal

      • HarryHype59

        He took Boro down and was sacked by them. He actually isn’t very good.

    • steve

      “we won’t get anywhere with Southgate in charge”
      This is the level of arrogance which has the rest of the UK supporting anyone but England, you’ve just been knocked out in the semi finals with a group of players who had no right to get that far. He’s got you much further than anyone could have reasonably expected.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        we played a couple of pub teams then 2 less than average teams then when we played 2 decent teams we lost, if you think that Southgate is an international class manager fair enough.

        • steve

          Noone was saying that yesterday when football was coming home and the nation was discussing the final and completely ignoring the fact they had a game against Croatia first.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Yip, Croatia are no mugs & a lot took for granted we`d win
            i myself put a bet on England but last night was a bridge to far.

      • Soldier

        it`s not arrogance, it`s a fact

      • HarryHype59

        If England had been on the other side of the draw, the team would have been home two weeks ago.

    • HarryHype59

      I would I’ve to know what was said in the respective dressing rooms at half time. Dalic must have given a hell of a good team talk. Croatia were far superior second half.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    It’s Mike Ashley’s fault Newcastle is not in Germany.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`s Mike Ashley`s fault we have [email protected]@king idiots like you though

    • SuperDesHamilton

      It’s mike Ashley’s fault we put in pathetic phantom bids

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Lordy you are thick

        • SuperDesHamilton

          What’s your excuse then?

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s Jabbas fault that we don’t show enough ambition that a player would choose a German club over ours. Look at how West Ham is run and the pair of knackas that run that club, it’s no wonder he chose to go there instead of either of these basket cases.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Nutty`s looking for you, he`s got Mitro`s shirt & now Ronaldo`s as he`s gone to Juve
        😂😂

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha ha🤣😂🤣😂

    • thewildchimp

      If by that you mean “not in Germany, playing against German teams in the Europa/Champions League”, then – yes, it is totally his fault. But no, it’s understandable. You can’t really be competitive and asset stripping at the same time…

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Asset stripping, in what way?

        • thewildchimp

          Beside the obvious things mentioned here at least a thousand times, there is the fact that we always sell to buy, yet we never make profit as a club. Fine, selling and purchasing cancel each other out, but where is the rest of the money? TV money, ticket money, shirt sales, etc. How come there’s no surplus, even after we calculate the money that Ashley owes himself? What, is the tea lady on the executive’s wages? And we hired a hundred of them? Even Charnley has comparatively low earnings in the Prem. Should we honestly believe that a single club in a city such as Newcastle can’t generate enough income?

  • Soldier

    I`ve only watched two previous World Cups but what i will say is the football at this one is well below what i expected, it seems the more you pay players the worse they get

  • Sid James

    What a Carry On last night, it was like watching Newcastle, take the lead and sit back only this time we lost

    • Mike Adam

      So true Sid!!!