Newcastle Utd raise bid for Debuchy

TARGET ... Lille's Mathieu Debuchy, right, is wanted by Newcastle.
TARGET ... Lille's Mathieu Debuchy, right, is wanted by Newcastle.

NEWCASTLE United have raised their bid for Mathieu Debuchy.

The club’s is attempting to push through the signing of long-time target Debuchy this week.

And it has increased it’s offer to £5m plus add-ons, according to L’Equipe.

However, the bid, still falls some way short of Lille’s valuation of the 27-year-old.

Newcastle, according to reports in France, previously had a bid of close to £4m turned down by the French club.

United are said to be waiting for a response to their latest offer from Lille, who have already signed a replacement for the France international, Dibril Sidibe.

The new bid reportedly includes a sell-on clause for the French club, which has placed a valuation of £6m on Debuchy.

Lille president Michel Seydoux has previously said: “Our price is £6, because he is a quality player.”

Pardew is keen for the club to push through the rest of its transfer business as soon as possible, with a the Premier League kick-off and a Europa League qualifier on the horizon.

Up to now, United have only signed young players, including 19-year-old defender Curtis Good, who joined this week from Melbourne Heart.

And it is yet to land any of its senior targets, among them FC Twente’s Douglas.