The Newcastle target is now subject to a £6.5m bid after Howe balked at a £25m fee

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Marseille have now moved to improve their position at the front of the race to sign Jordan Veretout after making an opening bid for Roma star Newcastle United.

This is acc Calciomercato, who note that Les Phoceens have only offered the Giallorossi €8m (£6.5m) for their France midfielder. Jose Mourinho’s Serie A side were quick to reject the proposal as Veretout, while available for a move, is asking for a minimum of €16m (£13.5m).

Roma have Veretout listed on the market as Mourinho no longer relies on the 29-year-old and only sees him as a back-up option. The five-cap technician was among the first names on Portugal’s squad at the start of the season but has lost all support.

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Veretout has now played seven of his last eight Serie A games from the bench, having started all of the previous 21. He has also scored four goals and assisted seven goals in the Italian Premier League this season. But the Frenchman has not scored in his sixth game since September 26.

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Granting an exit in January, however, the Giallorossi viewed his demise warmly Calciomercato quoted a price of €25-30m (£21-25m). Her stance fended off interest from Newcastle, who foot Mercato noted had prepared an offer for Veretout to reinforce Eddie Howe’s engine room.

Marseille edge Newcastle in Jordan-Veretout race as Roma receive bid

After rejecting Roma’s valuation in January, Newcastle have maintained their interest in a summer transfer for Veretout. Calciomercato As recently established, the Toon are one of the bottom three clubs in the mix with Napoli but are falling further behind leaders Marseille.

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Howe will feel that Marseille’s opening bid justified Newcastle’s refusal to pay Roma’s asking price for Veretout’s January transfer. But the Magpies may need to act quickly to secure the services of the Ancenis native before they miss out once the market reopens in the summer.

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