Newcastle United have slapped a £3million price tag on Sylvain Marveaux – as they look to shift four French players this summer.
The Journal understands United have circulated the names of Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Marveaux to clubs in France as they look to refresh their squad – but their valuation of Marveaux is currently putting off interested suitors over the Channel. Newcastle are working on a number of deals and are still in negotiations over the signing of number one target Remy Cabella – but they are still significantly short of meeting Montpellier’s valuation and the wage demands of the player.
The club’s hopes of signing Bafetimbi Gomis have ended after making an initial enquiry of the striker and the France forward is now in negotiations with West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.
While these attempts to strengthen continue, United have made four players available. They are looking to raise significant funds for Marveaux, who made 11 appearances last season but failed to nail down a regular starting spot and is now heading for the exit door. Ben Arfa is another possible departure but there has been no interest in the France forward yet. There is not understood to be any truth in reports that Newcastle will listen to offers for Massaido Haidara, currently the front-runner in the battle for left-back duties next season.
United had hoped to move quickly on summer recruitment but so far their only completed deal is for Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez, who has undertaken a medical at the club ahead of a move that will be formally announced when the Spanish club’s season is complete.
That has put pressure on the Tynesiders, who had hoped to sign players before the start of the World Cup.
Newcastle want two strikers and Remy Cabella to complete their summer work and the France international is understood to be keen on the move. But Newcastle are well short of Montpellier’s valuation of the player, which has caused the deal to delay.
Chelsea and Liverpool are understood to have an interest in the player.