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.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Penfold probably offered around £8m

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Did you read the piece?

      • Big Hairy Man

        Certainly did.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          My apols, I did’t read it properly. I thought we’d bid £18m

          • Big Hairy Man

            They want £18m for him but he doesn’t impress me from what I’ve seen. Don’t think he’s an upgrade on what we have already.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Nice improved with HBa and then with the arrival of Mario Balotelli. I think Mario Balotelli may have helped Plea score the goals more than the other way round. Ironically, I could see Plea doing well with Mitrovic but not on his own.

  • SH.ER

    So judging by these numbers we shouldn’t sell Mitrovic for anything less than £30m, I mean look at the state of the French league goalkeepers
    After 16 goals in that amateur league they demand this much?? not for me these thieves

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      £30m for Mitro, See Geordie Giants on that one

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Florian Thauvan scored more goals that this guy last season and Thauvan`s
    a winger.
    This has disaster written all over it

    • Wor Lass

      You`re in a good mood today – you only lost a tenner on Mexico!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I had more on Brazil,
        this story is a crock of schitt

        • Peaky

          You need to stick a few more quid on Neymar walking the best actor award at next year’s Oscars….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Wor Lass

    Things are hotting up. Now that Spain, Portugal and Argentina are out of the WC the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Costa should be accessible to Penfold`s advances.

  • Wezza

    18M plus? Charnley offered 12M! We tried but won’t be held to ransom excuse.

  • Peaky

    Won’t happen…..he’s still in The Red Hot Chilli Peppers…..”Give It Away,Give It Away,Give It Away Now”….

  • Billmag

    Makes no difference who we buy the naysayers on this forum will say he isn’t good enough I despair at times, if he’s good enough for Rafa then whoever it may be would be good enough for me.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I`ve had a good look around the net and not one other club is after him,
      all the talk about West Ham is garbage according to them.
      would Rafa really be after this guy at over £20m. i`ll let you make your own mind up about that but Nufc`s recent history of buys from France have been nothing short of a disaster

      • Billmag

        Thauvin world cup player tortured on this forum but I tend to agree for one like him there are probably 5 or 6 from France that haven’t been so hot. Who’s the contacts in that area now because as I see it the scouting system has been scouring other parts of Europe. We can only wait and see on this one but you know as well as I know as soon as a player is mentioned certain people on this site put the player down before he has kicked a ball in anger for us.

  • Hughie

    We won’t buy anyone until we sell. The club has known for months that Mbemba, Saivet, Colback, Sels, and probably Gayle and Mitrovic would be cleared out so here we are in July and not one of them has been shifted. The over cautiousness of this hierarchy means missing out on numerous targets. To be fair to them I agree that many players are ridiculously overpriced– look at Jorgensen– but that works both ways. Can anyone see us shelling out for Kenedy or Townsend–pipedreams!!The fact that Benitez has only one season left here will also put many players off coming . An appallingly managed organisation, and there is every chance that come March we will once again be in the relegation mire. Yet another boring summer of nothingness from our masterminds.

  • Tino11

    So he’s had one 1 season in France where he got 20+ goals in a season (in all comps), whilst that was a vast improvement on his previous 2 seasons it would have been hard to do much worse. If we are buying a striker from France, Holland or even Germany we need strikers who have got 15+ goals a season regularly over at least 3 seasons and even then that consistency won’t mean they will make it in the Prem.

  • S.G.M.

    I’m pretty sure that the moment NUFC are interested in a particular player West Ham put in a bid. Do they have a scouting team?

    • Peaky

      Good point…..pity they weren’t about when we went in for The Hoss.

  • panther

    He wont be turning up here either