Newcastle United will brush off Louis Nicollin's latest broadside and return with a new offer for Remy Cabella after the conclusion of France’s World Cup campaign.
The Montpellier playmaker remains right at the top of Newcastle United’s hitlist and the Magpies have been encouraged by recent indications from the player and his representatives that he still wants to join the club – regardless of the Montpellier president’s criticism of their initial bid of just under £7million.
United are yet to return to Montpellier but still believe there is a realistic chance of doing business for a player whose heart appears to be set on moving to the North East. Nicollin has asked for £16 million but United’s transfer team, who have been in regular contact with Mike Ashley, believe a deal can be done for nearer £9million.
Newcastle have made offensive players their priority over the summer and want to sign five attacking players, including Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The Germany under-21 international’s representatives have been in negotiations with Newcastle over recent weeks but a move remains in the balance, with several Bundesliga clubs showing interest in the forward.
He spent the best part of last season on loan and Hamburg still feel they can mount a bid to re-sign him. Their sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer, said: “If Pierre wants to continue his career in Hamburg, I do believe that we have good ways to keep him.”
Newcastle have signed Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback but the pressure is on new managing director Lee Charnley to deliver signings to aid Alan Pardew’s efforts to rebuild momentum ahead of next season.
United want to sign two out-and-out forwards and would bracket Cabella in this group. They have identified long-term target Bafetimbi Gomis as a back-up option, although Willie McKay’s presence in the deal means that he has been offered around several Premier League clubs, including QPR and Crystal Palace.
Ajax’s Siem de Jong, who has the same agent as brother Luuk, is another player being courted by Newcastle although signing replacements for Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye are the first priorities for the club.
It emerged yesterday that United have been offered Steven Caulker, of Swansea, but The Journal understands the club are likely to stick with the centre-back options they already have. That may change if Mathieu Debuchy attracts post-World Cup interest but so far the club have not had any interest in the right-back.