Newcastle set reopen negotiations with £8m bid

Newcastle are set to renew their interest in Sochaux forward Modibo Maiga in January after failing to strike a deal during the summer the Mirror reports.

After missing out on Melvut Erdinc Magpies boss Alan Pardew was unhappy that the club missed out on signing the Mali international before the transfer window closed but is now preparing to reopen negotiations with an £8 million bid.

The Ligue 1 club stalled on giving the Premier League club a decision on whether they were prepared to sell Maiga with the transfer window clock running down despite the striker being keen on the switch to Tyneside.

He is now suffering abuse from his own fans after publicly declaring his wish to leave the Stade Auguste Bonal and confessed that he is fed up with it.

“I have had enough of being booed by supporters right now, but anyway it does not stop me scoring goals for the club and making them happy” he said.

“I scored a double for them again (at the weekend). I had two chances on Saturday against Toulouse, two goals, just to thank them.”

The 24-year-old is still open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park at the turn of the year admitting that he wants to play in a ‘top league’ and that they are a ‘good club’

The 24-year-old said: “Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week – that is the reality of football. I have not invented that!” 

“At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in the near future I want to ply my trade in another top league. It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that!”
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