Newcastle United’s hopes of completing the signing of Montpellier winger Remy Cabella appear to have been dashed after the Ligue 1 side rejected their initial bid for the player.
The move comes after the 24-year-old received a late call-up to the France squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil, following the withdrawal of Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery through injury.
Prior to this development, it had appeared that the Magpies were on the verge of completing a deal to sign the player, with Newcastle willing to pay as much as £6.5 million to secure the midfielder’s services.
But in the wake of his shock call up for Les Bleus, it would appear that Montpellier have upped their price for the player, with Cabella reportedly valued at somewhere closer to £13 million by his French league employers, according to the Shields Gazette.
Cabella, meanwhile, may be happy to wait before committing to the Tyneside club, with an impressive showing in Brazil likely to boost the calibre of potential suitors.
Newcastle United are expected to return with a second improved offer for the midfielder, but with that bid unlikely to meet the club’s current valuation, there could be some time yet before a deal is reached.
The development comes as the Toon continue to be linked with moves for a host of players, including Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano and Burnley forward Danny Ings.
Ajax midfielder Siem De Jong has also been linked with a move to Tyneside, though question marks remain as to whether the Dutchman would be willing to move to the club that refused to offer his brother, Luuk De Jong, a permanent deal.
In the meantime, all eyes with be on Cabella with the winger all set to make a potential World Cup debut against England’s tough-tackling friendly opponents Honduras.