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Newcastle: Fans react to apparent reason for Boubakary Soumare turning down the Magpies

Newcastle: Fans react to apparent reason for Boubakary Soumare turning down the Magpies

Newcastle were unable to lure midfielder Boubakary Soumare from Lille on transfer deadline day, with The Sun reporting that the 20-year-old turned down a move to Tyneside despite the Ligue 1 club accepting a £35m offer from the Magpies.

This morning, French media outlet L’Equipe claimed [via @RBairner on Twitter] that the St James’ Park club asked Allan Saint-Maximin to contact the France under-21 international via FaceTime and show him the Geordies’ training facilities in order to persuade him to sign, with Soumare declining Newcastle’s advances.

The topic of the Magpies’ training facilities has been a bone of contention for some in the past, with Chronicle Live reporter Andrew Musgrove calling for improvements in that regard in a column for the newspaper last year. As shown in a tweet by @TheGingerPirlo_, Newcastle’s players cool down after training by bathing in a paddling pool rather than purpose-built ice baths.

According to Sky Sports, the Lille midfielder was also linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in the January transfer window. After seeing Robin Bairner’s tweet about Saint-Maximin using FaceTime to speak to Soumare, these Newcastle fans on Twitter seemed rather unimpressed:

What do you make of the report about Saint-Maximin being asked to showcase Newcastle’s training facilities to try and persuade Soumare to sign for the Magpies? Comment below with your views!

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