Newcastle United have seen a £5.3million bid for Stade Rennais striker Firmin Mubele rejected in the last six months with Premier League rivals Bournemouth seeing a £10.6million deal also turned down, according to a report.
Football news website goal.com claim that the Magpies had tabled their offer between the summer and the January transfer window, with the Cherries having seen a bid worth over double the amount dismissed by the top flight French side.
It is claimed that the Ligue 1 outfit are seeking a fee in the region of £13.3million for the 23-year-old forward, who has scored five times in 16 league appearances this season, including two in his last three outings.
He is also an experienced international for the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 43 caps and nine goals to his name.
Football Insider verdict
One has to wonder whether, behind the closed doors of football clubs, Newcastle are the laughing stock when it comes to the transfer window. A bid of less than £6million will most likely have been laughed off by Rennes, although there is every chance the French side took it as an insult. Unfortunately for the Magpies, the financial benefits of Premier League football has evaded them, no thanks to Mike Ashley, and they are now playing catch up on every one of their rivals. The sooner a takeover is completed the better, as it is embarrassing for the Toon Army to see such miserly bids being submitted for players who really are beneath the quality they should be targeting.
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