Newcastle United were keen on signing Boubakary Soumaré in January and they even submitted an offer, which was accepted by Lille. However, the deal never materialised because he wasn’t keen on joining the Magpies.
He has not featured for the Ligue 1 side since then and there were reports suggesting the midfielder was ‘penalised’ by the club for rejecting Newcastle. The conflict between two parties have been resolved and the Frenchman even released a statement on Lille’s official website.
Despite the disappointment in the winter market, Le10 Sport claims the Tyneside club are still interested in the 20-year-old.
Steve Bruce’s side could have signed Soumaré for up to €60m last month, if not for his refusal. The report now states the proposal sent to Lille in January is ‘still valid’.
Newcastle continue to press Soumaré and his agent for a transfer. To convince the former, the Premier League side are ready to guarantee regular playing time and a large salary to join them in the summer. If he moves to St James’ Park, the player can earn over €2m in wages post tax, which would see his wages double.
Soumaré was previously convinced to join a club like Liverpool or Manchester United, but Newcastle’s desire to offer him better deal may ‘start seducing him’.
Le10 states it’s not impossible to see him says yes to Newcastle’s latest transfer proposal.
It remains to be seen if Soumaré may change his mind, and whether of Liverpool or Manchester United come forward for him in the summer.