• Premier League

Debuchy demands answers after Toon bid rebuffed

ESPN staff
August 3, 2012
Mathieu Debuchy impressed for France at Euro 2012 © PA Photos

Mathieu Debuchy is seeking answers from Lille after they rejected an improved offer from Newcastle United.

Debuchy, 27, has made it clear that he wants to move to Newcastle, but Lille have shown little inclination to sell the France right-back.

An initial bid of €5 million was rejected, and this week an improved offer of €6 million was then turned down, with club president Michel Seydoux saying: "I decided that Mathieu Debuchy will remain at LOSC. The offer from Newcastle is definitely not at the value of the player."

The Evening Chronicle newspaper reports that Newcastle are growing frustrated by the saga and are now considering switching their attentions to Ajax's Gregory van der Wiel, but Debuchy remains determined to secure the move and is demanding answers from Seydoux.

"I called him and left a message," he told L'Equipe. "I expect him to clarify the situation. I don't understand.

"One day I'm told I can't leave because there is no replacement for me. Another day I'm told it's because the Newcastle offer is insufficient. Another day it's the coach who is stopping me leaving. Another day it's the president. I feel like everyone is saying different things."

It is reported that Lille are looking to sign Anthony Reveillere, who has entered the final year of his contract at Lyon, as a replacement for Debuchy.

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