Newcastle United had deadline day bid for Boubakary Soumare turned down – Le 10 Sport
Interesting claims from France that Newcastle United had a bid for Boubakary Soumare turned down on deadline day.
It is Le 10 Sport who are reporting that Newcastle tried to but the promising midfielder but Lille knocked them back.
Boubakary Soumare came through the ranks at PSG but after failing to make it into the first team, moved on to Lille in 2017.
Making 14 league appearances last season, three as a starter, the midfielder helped the French club narrowly avoid relegation.
Boubakary Soumare has been a small part of a remarkable turn around at Lille this season, making 10 Ligue 1 sub appearances, as well as starting three cup games.
With severe financial problems, they were forced to sell players and generate a net £50m profit, yet now amazingly they find themselves second in Ligue 1, a distant 10 points off PSG but six above third placed Lyon.
Still only 19, Boubakary Soumare is a French Under 19s international.
Whilst the financial situation is still grim at Lille, they resisted a number of offers for players in this January window, no doubt counting on Champions League football next season helping to get the finances moving in the right direction. Negating the need to sell promising players such as Soumare.
Newcastle have done previous business with Lille, having bought both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy.
Newcastle bought Miguel Almiron and loaned Antonio Barreca but it was claimed Rafa Benitez was hoping to bring in four players in total on deadline day.
A bid for Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris failed and it later emerged that Isaac Hayden almost left but with no replacement, Rafa couldn’t let him go. Difficult though to see that 19 year old Boubakary Soumare could step straight into the Premier League, although Rafa Benitez stated before the Tottenham game that he expects both Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yeung to have a good chance of being available for Wolves in eight days time. So potentially the 6ft 2in 19 year old midfielder Boubakary Soumare could have been one more for the future.
Newcastle’s eventual final January trading was:
Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United) (Undisclosed but reported as being £16m plus £4.7m add-ons eventually)
Antonio Barreca (AS Monaco) (loan fee reported to be £750,000 with buyout option of around £8m)
Achraf Lazaar (Sheffield Wednesday) (loan)
Rolando Aarons (Sheffield Wednesday) (loan)
Jacob Murphy (West Brom) (loan)
Callum Roberts (Colchester) (loan)
Josef Yarney (Chesterfield) (loan)
Liam Gibson (Accrington Stanley)
Elias Sorensen (Blackpool)
Jamie Sterry (Crewe)
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