Diego Rolan excluded from Bordeaux squad

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United acknowledges their support after a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

The reported Newcastle United target was a notable absentee for Bordeaux.

Diego Rolan was not included in Bordeaux's matchday squad for their Ligue 1 opener away to Angers on Sunday afternoon.

The Uruguay forward has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United this summer.

According to The Sun, Fulham have agreed a £5 million deal to sign him but the latest report is that the 24-year-old is delaying a move to the Cottagers until he knows for sure that Newcastle don't want him at St James's Park.

Bordeaux's Uruguyan forward Diego Rolan (L) vies with Marseille's French defender Rod Fanni during the French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Marseille on May 14, 2017 at the Matmut...

In any case, it seems probable that Rolan might leave the French club this summer, having been omitted from the squad. It could, of course, simply be down to injury, but there is plenty of speculation about his future and that might well be the reason for his absence.

Many Newcastle fans would prefer that Rafael Benitez does not sign him, but one thing is clear: the Magpies need another number nine.

Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic are unlikely to find themselves in free-scoring form this season, given their previous Premier League stints, and Benitez needs a prolific marksman.

Lucas Perez, according to The Standard, is also a target but it remains to be seen whether Newcastle cough up the £13 million that Arsenal want for him.

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United acknowledges their support after a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

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