Newcastle has been told no by a striker target, forcing Eddie Howe to consider other options.
A key target for NEWCASTLE UNITED has been passed over.
Randal Kola Muani, a transfer target for Newcastle United, is said to have turned down the club’s advances.
After scoring seven goals and adding three assists in 18 Ligue One appearances, the FC Nantes striker emerged as a possible target for Eddie Howe’s side.
Marseille and Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt are both interested in the versatile forward, who has shown he can play on both wings and through the middle.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the 23-year-old Frenchman is currently free to negotiate pre-contract agreements that will take effect at the end of the year.
Newcastle is thought to have thrown their hat into the ring, with the club in desperate need of a striker to replace Callum Wilson, who is currently injured.
Unfortunately for Muani, he will not be that striker, according to French journalist Fabrice Hawkins, who claims he turned down Howe’s advances.
Hawkins also revealed that the dynamic forward is leaning toward a move to Germany, with the Bundesliga appearing to be his preferred destination.
While Eintracht Frankfurt is thought to be the frontrunner for his signature, Hawkins also stated that another Bundesliga club has expressed interest in him.
Muani is also thought to have turned down Marseille’s advances, implying that he has his heart set on leaving France.
Newcastle were given a huge boost after signing Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier for £12 million. The forward’s rejection will be very frustrating for the Magpies.
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The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder arrived in the Northeast to wrap up a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Trippier is the first new signing at St James’ Park since the club was purchased in October by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Reuben Brothers.
Despite the fact that the takeover made Newcastle the wealthiest club in the Premier League, the club remains in 19th place, below the dreaded dotted lines.
They are currently two points behind 17th-placed Watford, who also have a game in hand over Howe’s men.
Their precarious Premier League position emphasizes their plight.
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