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“Sad to see”, “Yeah right” – Steve Downie’s NUFC transfer update sparks vast fan reaction

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Vast numbers of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media, after Sky Sports’ Keith Downie shared that the Toon had seen a near-club-record bid accepted only to be turned down by the player.

Downie spoke with head coach Steve Bruce on the club’s Deadline Day transfer plans on Friday morning, where the boss confirmed that a near-record offer had been placed.

The Toon’s present most expensive purchase is Joelinton’s £40million move from Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim last summer, which eclipsed Miguel Almiron’s then-record £21m arrival from Atlanta United last January.

Bruce refused to confirm who the player in question is, though stated that he was a midfielder and opted against life on Tyneside as he wished to remain with his current side.

“I’m not giving you the name, you need to work that out yourself,” Bruce said, per quotes by Downie. “He was our number 1 target.”

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Recent reports had linked United with LOSC Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, though stated that the 20-year-old had no interest in leaving the Stade Pierre Mauroy any time soon as Les Dogues are currently fighting for Champions League qualification.

Lille would have demanded an extremely hefty sum to release the midfielder this month had Soumare been inclined to move on, with claims that he could cost as much as €60m (£50.4m) amid speculated intrigue from Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, SSC Napoli, Real Madrid and Valencia.

Downie has since confirmed that Bruce’s mystery man was indeed Soumare, adding that United agreed to pay £45m including bonuses for the France U21 international and could revisit his situation in the summer.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Downie’s update, quoting Bruce’s claim of a near-club-record bid being accepted only for the unnamed midfielder to reject our advances…

In other Newcastle United news, two European giants have been linked with a Toon talent.

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