By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline
Published: 16:05 GMT, 2 February 2020 | Updated: 17:02 GMT, 2 February 2020
Newcastle reportedly handed Florian Lejeune and Allan Saint-Maximin the task of trying to persuade Boubakary Soumare to join the club but their attempts, which included a FaceTime chat, came to nothing.
Steve Bruce revealed on Friday that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sanctioned an audacious £45million move for the Lille midfielder last week but the Magpies couldn't quite do enough to convince Soumare to join.
And according to L'Equipe, via Get French Football News, Newcastle's attempts became desperate as they recruited Lejeune and Saint-Maximin to try and prise their French compatriot away from Lille.
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