According to RMC Sport, Moses Simon has agreed individual terms with OGC Nice, despite interest from Newcastle and Leeds.
What’s the Story?
Well, it was said that Leeds were keen to bring forward £9m in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Newcastle had also begun talks with Nantes on a deal for Simon.
Now, however, both Eddie Howe and Jesse Marsh are set to miss out on the Nigerian international, who has agreed to leave the Ligue 1 side with OGC Nice in favor of staying in France.
Simon earned his move after an impressive 2021/22 campaign, in which he scored six goals in 34 appearances, while also providing eight assists.
Leeds’ interest dates back a long time to when Marcelo Bielsa was still in charge of land Road, so the people on the board in Yorkshire are clearly big fans of the 26-year-old.
Unfortunately, barring any late setbacks, the whites – and the magpies – seem to have lost.
Newcastle will be more upset than Leeds
In our view, Newcastle will be more affected by this news than Leeds.
Saudi Arabia’s ownership of Newcastle also made efforts to bring the Nigerian to Al-Nasr after Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodousi were said to have made Simon their No. 1 target this summer.
So to miss will come as a big blow.
However, there are alternatives for Magpies.
Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby has also been called a target, while Newcastle have been credited with being interested in Rafinha, although the Leeds man is now closer to joining Chelsea.
Another Leeds forward, Jack Harrison, is also in Newcastle’s sights.
Actually, it is being said that talks have started between the two sides.
Still, there are many other wingers on the market this summer, and Newcastle have the funds to afford almost anyone they want, so it’s not all doom and gloom on Tyneside.
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