Interesting claims on Friday regarding Newcastle United’s pursuit of Alassane Plea.

The media in France reported (as well as those in England) that Newcastle had offered less than what Nice valued the striker at.

The Ligue 1 club putting a valuation of £18m+ on the 25 year old pacey versatile forward, only for Newcastle United to fall short, as usual (read below).

Sky Sports said that Newcastle continued to be in talks with Nice but now The Telegraph has a further update.

They report that due to Newcastle United haggling over the price and an agreement dragging on, it has now allowed Tottenham to come in for the player.

The newspaper reporting that the North London club are now favourites to land Alassane Plea, this despite the striker having been originally keen on working under Rafa Benitez and playing for Newcastle in the Premier League.

Newcastle could still succeed but it will need a significant increase in what they originally bid, which looks unlikely based on past transfer windows. Nice invited NUFC to come back in with another offer some days ago but are reported to have heard nothing more.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph report that this latest lack of decisive action has left Rafa Benitez disappointed and frustrated, with it looking like a very similar transfer window to the past three under Mike Ashley.

So far, free transfer Ki Sung-Yueng is the only new face at the club and even he won’t join up with the squad until later this month due to World Cup involvement. Rafa having thought this time that there was agreement on the absolute necessity for a new striker and that quick progress needed to be made in the transfer window.

Ironically, Alassane Plea could end up facing Newcastle United on the opening day of the season. Spurs travel to St James Park on Saturday 11 August, the match is a 12.30pm kick-off as earlier today it was revealed four NUFC games had moved for Live TV.

The Mag – Tuesday 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.



  • Rich Lawson

    Pathetic ! If dragging your heels was an Olympic event Charnley would have gold.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Nowt to do with Charnley its just hes a barrier between the fans, the club and Ashley.

      Still… he agrees to do it for his salary. Says it all when you compare that to the others in the league.

      • Kneebotherm8

        The monkey and the organ grinder……..

  • Andynufc

    Hahahaha. Come on, seriously. Were nufc ever really in for him. Typical Ashley tactic. Offer a bid that you know will get refused but have to make it look like you made some effort. Another pathetic summer of transfers attempts. Ashley Out!

    • TheNutJob

      Jabba must go
      🐷

      • Toonrobbybobson

        That would be the best transfer window business ever.

      • Peaky

        Aye….to hell 👹👹👹

        • Kneebotherm8

          But not back…….hopefully….

    • Chuck D

      Some idiots on here fell for it

    • Kneebotherm8

      Ashley is sht..
      And don’t we know it…
      I’m breaking out in verse now…….any other poets out there?

      • Peaky

        Leazes will know a poem or two I reckon but if you want 18+ versions Moose will probably be the fella….

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Something that rhymes with Wood Chipper

          • Peaky

            😂😂😂

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            👍👍

  • Desree

    Please make it stop!

  • robbersdog

    We need an owner like Abramovich or John W Henry; unfortunately, we’re stuck with a man who tortures us with his agenda of mediocrity and failure.

    When will this end?

    • Kneebotherm8

      Not for a very,very long time unfortunately……….I fear we’re stuck with him for another 10 years or more…..

      • robbersdog

        If we’ve got Ashley for another 10 years or more, I’m going to withdraw from the world and go and live in a secluded monastery in Tibet for the rest of my days. There’s only so much Mike Ashley I can take, and I’ve now exceeded my limit.

        • Peaky

          Jezza might be able to recommend somewhere….he’s disappeared again…

        • Kneebotherm8

          😂😂

  • Megatron1505

    Modric mark 2?

  • TheNutJob

    how much did we bid ?

  • Milo79

    And we’re supposed to believe that a deal for Kenedy is close, with Chelsea asking £30m. We’ll be hunting around for scraps in the final week of the window, as always.

    • TheNutJob

      iv`e just read a report that Rafa`s trying to get him on a years loan with the option to buy next summer, it`s always manana with the Toon

      • FatParosite

        Did you mean mañana? Needs the accent or it just sounds like yellow fruit.

        • FatParosite

          & before you reply… I know Banana is a herb….

          • TheNutJob

            🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌

        • Peaky

          I thought he manamana….the Muppet theme tune…look at Nutty’s avatar….
          😂😂

          • Kneebotherm8

            The toon are run by a bunch of muppets……..so it’s apt……it should be our anthem really…

        • TheNutJob

          My keyboard doesn`t do it, so keep an eye out and correct me when i go wrong
          😂😂

      • TheFatController

        Did Rafa text him saying ‘I’m doing one more year and then moving on, why don’t you do the same ?’ …?

  • Kneebotherm8

    Looks like our little haggler Penfold has struck again….🤓🤓

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Masters of nearly bidding. Next we’ll nearly be signing Neymar.

    So cringeworthy we’ve become an utter joke of a club when it comes to how we are ran.

    Clubs and agents probably just roll their eyes now when we get in touch.

    • Big Hairy Man

      They probably switch the phone off when they see Penfold’s number calling.

      • Peaky

        Bet Fatso takes his phone off him every morning….

        • Kneebotherm8

          And slaps him across the back’o his heed……..

  • Big Hairy Man

    Never mind, we still have the Hoss. He’ll be like a new signing.

  • panther

    Job done for Ashley

    • Mike

      rito back to the bargain bin…loan signings on the cheap

  • FatParosite

    There will be several of these so called ‘bids’ while our players get sold….. Then come 11/09/18 we will have a weaker squad than finished last season.

    • Wezza

      Exactly right mate.
      These so called ‘bids’ remarkably coincided with the season ticket deadline. So once its over we couldn’t get them over the line/priced out/wouldn’t be held hostage etc.
      To say we missed out on Plea is hardly a surprise.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Plea was never a serious option it`s more like PR bull schitt

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      There are no bids, i don`t believe a word of it.

  • Peaky

    Must be bored at the Ronnie as they’ve just printed the full lyrics to “Three Lions”….. I really really do despair at times….🤬🤬

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      The media will look pretty stupid tomorrow if England go out.
      I think we have enough to win, but it`s the Swedes & we have a bit of history there

      • Peaky

        I’m going 0-0…penalties again….then it’s a lottery.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          To be honest i`m not impressed at all with either side

          • Peaky

            Nearly time to see if MMMbop can do it against that Uruguay defence….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂

          • Peaky

            Divvent know why I’ve put that….can’t bloody stop singing it now….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I`m off for the match, the Muppets drinking me dry

          • TheFatController

            In fairness, you’d only be humming it of the Chronic hadn’t given you the words …

          • Peaky

            Aye,fair comment….”Everyone Seems To Know The Score………”……Nooooooooo…

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The only Plea you`ll get is Penfold on the blower with a take it or leave it bid
    of £10m when the selling club wants £20m
    😵😵

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    As far as the striker situation goes expect Hoss mark 2

    • Peaky

      “Two Little Boys Had Two Little Toys
      Each Had A Wooden Hoss”
      🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵

  • Tony English

    Imagine banking £16.3miliion in player sales….
    promising the fans big things were going to happen….
    bidding £20m for a young up and coming striker….
    only for that strikers agent to publicise the bid…
    aided by s-ky news round the clock updates…
    then the young striker goes to the club he wanted to go to anyway…
    who bid £5m more and offered him Champions League football and better wages…he never had any intention of joining us.

    This was us 14 years ago, nothing has changed.

    2004-05 Rooney to Man Utd.
    We sold Woodgate, Bernard, Speed and LuaLua…
    the £20million we bid wasn’t spent in that window, we spent one tenth of that on Carr and N’Zogbia….in the January Souness p issed away £10m on Boumsong and Amdy Faye.

    We will always be a stalking horse, we will always be a name tagged on to get press for a Das Boot or Ricky Van Wolfsknacker and often we’ve had a lucky escape that they didn’t wear our shirt.

    And I’m NOT in anyway apologising for Ashley, things have moved on with TV money and funds that SHOULD be available to our managers, he’s without doubt holding us back and happy to accept us plodding on….but I just don’t think we should believe that every reported failed bid is a true story.

    • Soldier

      if there was a bid at all

      • Tony English

        Exactly. We appeared ambitious, Rooneys agent got a bonus due to the increased transfer fee, Everton were happy and Freddie Shepard…..let’s say Everton and the agent liked him.

      • Tony English

        The agent in question was Paul Stretford, who left Proactive due to “acts of gross misconduct”, who coincidentally then set up a new agency with….let me see….oh, Freddie and Kenneth Shepard.

        • Ram Kishore

          Is this an allegation?..Just curious

  • Geordiegiants

    We aye like he was ever going to come here over Spuds.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Sweden looked like us tactically against the Swiss.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Cut your cloth accordingly…

  • Jimmy_toons

    Of course he’s going to choose a club like Tottenham over us, like any player with ambition will.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    It was a ploy to shift the season tickets Monkseaton hadn’t bought