Date: 10th February 2020 at 6:00pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Lots of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Chronicle, claiming the club are unlikely to make a second bid for LOSC Lille ace Boubakary Soumare.

The French sensation emerged as a potential target for the Toon on Deadline Day, when head coach Steve Bruce revealed that a near-club-record offer had been accepted only for the midfielder to turn us down.

Soumare was Bruce’s number one target during the winter market, feeling as if the Noisy-le-Sec-born star could arrive at St. James’ Park and serve as a dynamic and energetic option in the core of his side while having great potential to develop further.

Bruce and club chiefs even had a plane booked to fly out and meet the France U21 international to discuss a potential move, but wheels never left the ground as Soumare decided to stay at the Stade Pierre Mauroy for, at least, the remainder of the term.

Newcastle are now believed to be looking elsewhere for our summer spending options and are unlikely to move for Soumare again, with Bruce seemingly still intent on bolstering his midfield numbers.

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Reports had claimed that our proposed deal for Soumare could have cost €60million (£50.8m) if all potential add-ons were fulfilled, but the 20-year-old sought to remain in Ligue 1 for the remainder of the term to help Les Dogues in their quest for European football.

Soumare is also said to be coveting a potential summer switch from France to the Premier League, but has desires of joining runaway leaders Liverpool or the Reds’ bitter rivals Manchester United.

The young talent has earned plenty of admirers this season, having featured in 19 Ligue 1 games while averaging 1.5 successful tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.6 successful dribbles, 0.8 successful aerial duels and 0.9 key balls per 90 minutes, according to WhoScored data.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the Chronicle’s report, suggesting the Toon have scrapped plans of a second pursuit of Soumare…

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