Newcastle United have been linked with signing Martin Terrier, but it has now been suggested that the Magpies might struggle to do a deal.
That is according to Ligue 1 expert Jonathan Johnson, who thinks the French forward could receive some better offers compared to the prospect of moving to Tyneside.
Terrier was linked with joining Newcastle during the summer, with the Magpies keen to pay more than £38million for him. However, that obviously didn’t happen.
Since then, Terrier has continued his excellent form in France. The 25-year-old is flying with Rennes, scoring eight goals and providing three assists in 14 games. He’s scored more than Callum Wilson this season, whose six goals got him into England’s World Cup squad.
The transfer window is now edging closer, but Johnson isn’t convinced that a transfer to St James’ Park is on the cards.
Why Newcastle might struggle to sign Terrier
Ligue 1 expert Johnson has spoken to Give Me Sport, and was asked about the possibility of Terrier joining Newcastle in January ahead of someone like Tottenham.
“I think that there are other clubs who might perhaps be able to put a more interesting proposition to him in terms of immediate involvement in top-level European football,” he said.
“So, if Spurs were to come back with some interest, for example, I think the potential of going and playing in the Champions League with them might sway his opinion.”
Europe could soon be on the agenda for Newcastle
While Newcastle can’t offer European football right now, they could be able to in the very near future.
Eddie Howe’s side are currently third in the Premier League, and appear to be in the mix to qualify for next season’s Champions League. That would be a huge achievement, and still feels wildly unlikely.
But there is a chance, and any business the club do in January will only boost our chances of finishing in the top four.
And anyone who does arrive must be able to see the bigger picture, like players such as Bruno Guimaraes and Sven Botman have. They are top quality footballers who should be playing in the Champions League. Yet they have decided to play for Newcastle. They know that the club’s ambition is to be part of Europe’s elite competition.
If the Magpies do decide to make a move for Terrier, they will likely face stiff competition. But the club will believe that their project can convince him to move to Tyneside.
If not then perhaps he isn’t the right player for us anyway.