Mali international Youssouf Kone revealed that he was offered the opportunity to sign for Newcastle United this summer but he opted to make a move to Lyon instead, according to Shield Gazzette.
In an interview with OL-Mercato, Kone said: “OL made an approach, and I did not think for a single second. I said to myself, I’ll go there.
"The project pleased me. I followed the French Championship when I was in Mali, and Lyon is a team that has always played football.
“If I had looked at the financial side, I would have gone to Newcastle, but I preferred to look at the sporting aspect.”
Newcastle eventually signed Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth - Willems made his official debut for the club on Saturday, August 31.