Uruguay International Diego Rolan Turns Down Fulham for Premier League Chance Newcastle United
Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan is being targeted by Newcastle United, with the player reportedly interested in moving to Tyneside, after having turned down Fulham.
The Nothern Echo report that the difference in the clubs' status is what turned Rolan's head, as the Uruguayan was on the verge of joining Fulham after the clubs agreed on a £5m fee. Despite visiting Fulham's training ground twice to discuss a move, the striker has evidently turned them down in the hopes of testing himself in the Premier League.
Bordeaux are happy to sell but may push for more money considering the Newcastle's greater financial position. Following the departure of Daryl Murphy and the need for depth in the upcoming season, the acquisition of Rolan could be ideal for Rafa Benitez's side.
Rolan demonstrated his striking prowess in Ligue 1 last season, scoring 10 times in 33 appearances, making him Bordeaux's top scorer. Benitez is keen to add more goals to his side in preparation for Newcastle's return to the Premier League.
Should Rolan sign, it would be Newcastle's sixth signing of the summer already, with a deal also recently agreed for Jacob Murphy of Norwich.
The 24-year-old is a Uruguayan international, appearing 25 times. Although he has scored just four times for his national side, Rolan does have to compete with the likes of world superstars Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Despite being the Championship's joint-top goal scorers last season (alongside Norwich and Fulham), Newcastle may require more fire power in the Premier League - particularly if Aleksandar Mitrovic leaves as expected.