NEWCASTLE UNITED look to have missed out on one other midfield goal, with Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina on the verge of agreeing a transfer to French membership Good.
Magpies officers have held numerous discussions with senior officers at Southampton, and had hoped to push by means of a deal for Lemina over the weekend.
At one stage, it had appeared as if Southampton had been set to agree a deal for an preliminary £4m that will have seen the 27-year-old head to St James’ Park.
Nonetheless, Good made an strategy of their very own and Lemina is known to have opted for a transfer to Ligue 1 fairly than a swap to St James’ Park.
The Gabon worldwide and his representatives are understood to have travelled to the south of France yesterday night, with Newcastle seemingly unable to stop him slipping by means of the online.
Lemina joined Southampton for a club-record £15.4m price in August 2017, however whereas he was initially a hit on the south coast, his time at St Mary’s has not gone as deliberate.
Having tumbled down Ralph Hasenhuttl’s pecking order, the 27-year-old spent final season on mortgage at Fulham, making 28 Premier League appearances for Scott Parker’s aspect. Had Fulham remained within the top-flight, they might have triggered a clause to signal Lemina completely, nonetheless their relegation to the Championship meant the deal was now not viable.
Lemina returned to Southampton to start pre-season coaching, and whereas Newcastle’s recruitment crew had been initially assured of putting a deal, their makes an attempt look to have been in useless.
Because of this, Newcastle are nonetheless to make their first signing of the summer season, though Bruce admitted his aspect was worryingly in need of midfield choices within the wake of final weekend’s defeat at York Metropolis.
Given the scarcity of numbers in midfield, and the probability of Matty Longstaff leaving on mortgage earlier than the top of the switch window, Bruce was fast to rule out the potential for Isaac Hayden leaving when it was raised earlier this month. At one stage, Southampton had been all for together with Hayden in a deal for Lemina.
Newcastle return to motion this night once they tackle League One aspect Doncaster Rovers on the Keepmoat Stadium. With goalkeeping trio Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie nonetheless unavailable due to Covid guidelines, teenager Dan Langley is ready to proceed between the sticks.