According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Lille have turned down a bid in the region of £32.4m from Newcastle United for Boubakary Soumaré amid their ongoing interest in Rangers star Alfredo Morelos.

The French giants are under pressure from UEFA to stay within increased Financial Fair Play restrictions, ensuring they must break even on transfers during the summer window or face blocks on player registrations.

Lille have reportedly rejected a big bid from Newcastle for Boubakary Soumare amid interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP via Getty Images)

So far, the £27m paid to Genk for Jonathan David is their only major outlay, but they have cashed in on striker Victor Osimhen and defender Gabriel, who joined Napoli and Arsenal for fees of £53.3m (€60m) and £27m (€30m) respectively.

Lille president, Gerard Lopez, has also claimed that big offers have landed for £41 million-rated France international Jonathan Ikoné, after previously suggesting that more players would need to be sold for his club to resume bidding for Morelos [BBC Sport].

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Rangers rejected a Lille bid for Alfredo Morelos earlier this summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Lopez and co. have rejected a bid of €35m (£32.4m) from Newcastle United for key midfielder, Boubakary Soumaré.

The highly-rated France U21 international has reportedly attracted the attention of several top clubs [Le10Sport] but it appears that Lille’s valuation hasn’t yet been met.

The fact that offers are landing shows the interest in the French club’s stars to be genuine, though.

If they do eventually cash in on Ikoné and Soumaré before the transfer deadline, they’ll need to bring in reinforcements and will have plenty of cash with which to acquire them.

Rangers reportedly rejected a bid of £16.25m for Morelos from Lille earlier this summer [Daily Mail] and will be watching the Ligue 1 side’s transfer dealings with interest over the coming weeks as they look to hold out for a fee of £20m.

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