NEWCASTLE United have been told to significantly up their offer for Remy Cabella – or forget about signing him.
The club has had a £6.5m bid for the attacking midfielder rejected by Montpellier.
And United are likely to table an improved offer for Cabella, also reportedly the subject of interest from cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain, over the coming days.
Cabella is valued at more than £12m by Montpellier, whose outspoken president Louis Nicollin has previously been critical of Newcastle as a destination for his players.
Nicollin’s son Laurent, the Ligue 1 club’s deputy chairman, yesterday revealed that United’s offer had been rejected.
“We have received two or three offers, including one for 8m Euros that does not match our expectations,” said Nicollin Jnr.
“The president spoke of 15m Euros.”
However, it is likely that Montpellier will accept a lesser offer, with add-on fees based around appearances, for the highly-rated France international.
The negotiations are an early test for Newcastle’s newly-appointed managing director Lee Charnley, who faces a challenging summer.
United tried to sign Cabella in January in the wake of Yohan Cabaye’s £20m sale to PSG.
At the time, Nicollin Snr – who sold defender Mapou Yanga_Mbiwa to Newcastle in January last year – claimed Cabella would be “bored” on Tyneside.
Cabella, on France coach Didier Deschamps’s standby list for the World Cup, is understood to be interested in a move to St James’s Park.
Speaking earlier this week, Cabella – who previously confirmed that he would move on this summer – said there would be a resolution “soon”.
Cabaye’s international career flourished during his time at United, as has that of Mathieu Debuchy.
Newcastle have made no comment on their reported bid.
Meanwhile, the agent of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis says he is in talks with a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing the striker.
Gomis, a free agent this summer, has previously been the subject of interest from United.
However, the club is understood to have backed away from another move for the 28-year-old because of his wage demands.
Willie McKay, Gomis’s representative, told Sky Sports: “I am speaking to five Premier League clubs about Bafetimbi.
“It is no surprise there is a lot of interest in him, as he is one of the best free agents out there.
“I am speaking to one very ambitious chairman of an ambitious club, and they are very keen to sign him.
“Bafetimbi will go to a club who proves they really want him.
“The club who are really pushing for him have held a long-term interest in him, and made a big bid for him before when he was under contract at Lyon.”