Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Alassane Plea.
Plea would be exactly that, and is a player who could’ve joined us back in 2018 when he was at Nice. He was linked during the Rafa Benitez era, with Newcastle reportedly offering £20million for his services.
Alas, that bid was rejected and Nice instead sold him to Borussia Monchengladbach. And it’s Plea’s former club Nice who could help the Magpies land him this time.
Alassane Plea would reunite with a familiar face at Newcastle United
In Plea’s final season for Nice, he scored 16 Ligue 1 goals – and was playing alongside a current Newcastle player.
Allan Saint-Maximin joined Nice in 2017, playing in the same team as Plea for 12 months. The pair played together 34 times in Ligue 1, combining to provide four goals.
That kind of linkup would be very welcome at St James’ Park, as we look for more goals to fire us towards Premier League safety.
Perhaps Saint-Maximin can have a word with his former teammate and convince him that a move to the North East of England would be good for his career.
Interestingly, Saint-Maximin could be vital in both convincing the player to join and ensuring Newcastle firm up their interest with an offer.
L’Equipe state that the 24-year-old has been consulted by Newcastle about Plea.
While his goal record this season isn’t great (three Bundesliga goals), Plea would be a welcome addition at St James’ Park, and would add to an already improving squad.