Toon foiled in £8m striker bid - reports

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Newcastle United had a deadline day offer rejected for striker Modibo Maiga, according to reports.

French radio station RMC Sports claim Alan Pardew attempted to bring the Malian international to St. James' Park for £8 million before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday, but was rebuffed by the Ligue 1 side.

It was a day to forget for the Magpies, who failed to bring in any new faces despite efforts for numerous players, including Fulham's latest addition, Bryan Ruiz.

A striker was thought to be a main priority for the Toon after Andy Carroll's departure in January, and despite Pardew stating in early August that Newcastle United would sign a forward, the club failed.

Mevlut Erdinc and Papiss Demba Cisse were also courted by the club, but factors conspired against the club and the clock ran down on Newcastle.


One option still potentially on the table for Pardew is James Beattie, with The Metro reporting that Newcastle United are considering a move for the free agent who was recently released by Rangers.

That is yet to be confirmed, and it's possible that Newcastle United could simply wait until the window re-opens in January before moving for Maiga once again.

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