Newcastle United want to sign Martin Terrier from Rennes, according to L’Equipe.
The Magpies have reportedly made a move for the French forward, as Eddie Howe looks to add attacking reinforcements to his squad.
There’s just over a week to go in the transfer market, but Newcastle are yet to sign any attackers. The club desperately need a couple of forward additions, especially given Callum Wilson’s injury scare.
Terrier has emerged as a target for Newcastle, and he’s someone who the owners are reportedly prepared to spend big on. However, he won’t be coming to St James’ Park sadly.
Newcastle wanted Terrier but he’s staying put
According to L’Equipe, as translated by Sport Witness, Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs to make a move for the 25-year-old. Leeds and West Ham have also been credited with bids.
However, L’Equipe state that the Magpies came closest to tempting Rennes into selling. They report that the Toon owners were willing to spend more than £38million on the former Lyon man.
That would make him one of Newcastle’s most expensive signings ever, but a deal will not be taking place.
Terrier is instead going to stay with Rennes, signing a new contract with the Ligue 1 side that includes a pay rise.
It’s a blow for Newcastle, who were looking to reunite Bruno Guimaraes with one of his former teammates.
Terrier played with Bruno at Lyon
Terrier and Bruno know each other from their Lyon days. That’s who Newcastle signed Bruno from in January, and it’s who Terrier left in the summer of 2020.
But the duo spent half a season together at Lyon, in the year that was disrupted by COVID. The end of the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season was cancelled, meaning Bruno and Terrier barely played together.
By the time Lyon and Bruno were playing in the Champions League semi-final in August 2020, Terrier had already left to join Rennes.
He’s been much more impressive there, and scored 21 Ligue 1 goals last season. That form is why Newcastle want to spend big on him, and he’s a player who can play anywhere across the forward line.
He would have been a great addition, but a new contract means he’s staying in France.