Report: Nice knock back Newcastle's bid for Alassane Plea

Nice's French forward Alassane Plea celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on...

Nice have reportedly knocked back Newcastle's bid for the in-demand Alassane Plea.

Nice's French forward Alassane Plea (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Nice vs Rennes on april 8, 2018 at the 'Allianz Riviera' stadium in Nice,...

Newcastle United are in need of a striker for next season, and have reportedly expressed interest in sealing a summer deal for Nice sensation Alassane Plea.

However, they have hit a brick wall in their pursuit of the 25-year-old, with French outfit Le10 Sport reporting that their opening bid has been knocked back.

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With Nice obligated to pay Lyon 20% of whatever amount they sell the striker for, they aren't willing to let him go for anything below £17million, and the Newcastle's bid is said to be insufficient.

Luiz Alessandro Murgia of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Alassane Plea of OGC Nice during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Lazio Roma and OGC Nice at Stadio Olimpico on...

Plea comes highly-rated having finished last term with 21 goals and six assists across all competitions, with his ability to also play out wide a feature manager Rafa Benitez surely relishes.

The Magpies managed to score just 39 league goals last term and will need to recruit a clinical finisher in order to do better next term and have a higher chance of holding on to their Premier League status.

Alassane Plea of Nice holds off pressure from Thomas Bruns of Vitesse during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.

With other suitors for the French forward more financially powerful, Newcastle are at a disadvantage in the pursuit of the in-demand star and will have to look elsewhere or better their reported initial offer to have a chance.

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