Newcastle United have made a higher offer to sign Amiens defender Emil Krafth, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The Sun journalist revealed that the Magpies have upped their first offer of £1million for the 20-cap international, who only joined the French club permanently at the beginning of July.
Nixon reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Amiens have rejected Newcastle’s improved offer for their full-back.
Newcastle. The offer for Farth af Amiens has actually gone up quite a bit in a couple of days. But still not accepted. More online soon.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 30, 2019
Kraft featured heavily for Amiens in Ligue 1 last season, making 35 appearances in a loan deal from his former club Bologna. The French side turned his temporary stay into a permanent deal for £2million the day after his loan stay expired.
It appears that Newcastle and Mike Ashley are finally starting to play ball and take this potential deal seriously. Amiens are obviously not willing to see their recent permanent signing leave the club after he surely impressed officials at the club during last season. Krafth has already been reported by Nixon to want to make the move to St James’ Park this summer, and now that the Magpies are starting to take negotiations by the scruff of the neck with an improved offer, Krafth could start to get reckless. With their offer improving, it appears that Bruce has identified the 24-year-old has a big target as he looks for reinforcements before their season opener against Arsenal in less than two weeks. Krafth would bring solidarity to his Bruce’s defence, having averaged 1.6 tackles and 2.3 clearances per game last season [Source: WhoScored]. Now that Newcastle are starting to get more serious with Krafth, Amiens may be left with no choice but to give in to their players reported demands this summer.