Newcastle’s latest offer is €2m short of Lille’s asking price for Mathieu Debuchy, but it seems to be bonuses that remains the big hold up in any deal being concluded.
Lille are determined to receive €8m for the French defender, who impressed with his marauding bursts from right-back at Euro 2012, but Newcastle have so far not improved on their top offer of €6m.
This was rejected by Lille president Michel Seydoux as he stands firm on his asking price, but the rumour is that he will additionally want some bonuses tagged on as part of the offer.
Here is where the problem lies, as Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has indicated that he wanted to complete deals in cash, avoiding sell-on fees, image rights and other such bonuses.
Newcastle are unlikely to break from their transfer policy to sign Debuchy, so the onus seems to be on Lille to come up with a final asking price that they are willing to do business for.
Finding a more attack-minded right-back is one of the areas where Newcastle could strengthen as they chase a top-four finish this season.
Danny Simpson was solid if not unspectacular in this role last season and with Cheick Tiote shielding the defence from holding midfield, there is the option for someone with more attacking instincts to bomb forward down the right to support Hatem Ben Arfa.
If Lille continue to dig their heels in, Newcastle do have Gregory Van Der Wiel as an optional alternative, although they are unlikely to tempt Ajax to sell at a cheaper price than Debuchy.
Newcastle’s odds are 7/1 to finish in the top four this season and some squad reinforcements, alongside having Papiss Cisse for an entire campaign, could make this price worth considering.
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