Faitout Maouassa confirms he turned down move to Newcastle United in January
Early in January, L’Equipe reported that Newcastle United had made an offer of eight million euros (£7m) for Faitout Maouassa.
The 20 year old plays any position on the left hand side, whether left-back, left wing-back or left wing.
Obviously the kind of profile of a player that Rafa Benitez was looking for in that last transfer window.
Newcastle linked with any number of players, with a loan deal falling down for Jordan Lukaku, before the eventual loan with buying option that was then agreed with Antonio Barreca.
However, L’Equipe have now spoken to the player, with Faitout Maouassa confirming that there was an approach from Newcastle before they went for Lukaku and then Barreca.
Faitout Maouassa telling L’Equipe about the offer from Newcastle United:
“I admit that…Newcastle, it shocked me.
“Because the Premier League is a dream for everybody.
“However, I wasn’t ready [for that step up].
“I must still develop [before considering that kind of transfer.”
Faitout Maouassa is currently almost two years into a four year contract with Ligue 1 club Rennes.
However, he spent the first half of this season on loan at Nimes, who are currently one place below tenth placed Rennes.
Having turned down Newcastle’s bid, the left sided player has stayed at Nimes on loan until the end of the season and is currently making his 17th appearance of the season for them. Nimes are playing away at Nantes this afternoon, the match having kicked off at 2pm with Faitout Maouassa at left-back.
He has been scouted by various clubs as he is not an unknown, having played at U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels for France, making 39 appearances.
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