Monday saw an ‘exclusive’ reporting that Newcastle United want to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta.
The young French striker turns 21 next Thursday (28 June) and has impressed on loan last season.
The Lyon striker scored 19 goals in 37 Ligue 2 appearances for Le Havre and the French media say that it is believed the Ligue 1 club will let the forward move on, if they get the right offer.
Both West Ham and Leicester are also claimed to be interested.
Wednesday has brought an update with an offer reported to have been made for the striker.
L’Equipe report that a bid of £9m has been made by Bundesliga outfit Mainz. They finished only three points above the relegation play-off place last season and are said to see Jean-Philippe Mateta as a young up and coming striker who can help turn their fortunes around.
The French newspaper say that so far Lyon have not indicated whether they will accept the £9m for Mateta, with the indication being that they are waiting to see what other clubs will offer.
The Mag – Monday 18 June 2018:
According to an ‘exclusive’ on Monday afternoon, Newcastle United are looking to bring in Jean-Philippe Mateta ahead of the new season.
The young Lyon striker turns 21 in 10 days time and impressed last season when sent out on loan.
The Under 19 French international scored 19 goals in 32 Ligue 2 starts (plus 5 sub appearances) when spending the season with Le Havre.
Lyon are competing in the Champions League next season and hoping to improve on their third place finish in Ligue 1, so it looks as though he will get limited opportunities if staying at Lyon.
Teamtalk report that Newcastle ‘lead the chase’ for Jean-Philippe Mateta but that other English clubs are also interested, including Leicester and West Ham.
Little doubt that Rafa/NUFC will be looking for value in the transfer window but still difficult to see a player with Mateta’s profile instantly being in contention for Newcastle’s first team squad.
Still, yet another player linked with NUFC this summer, and day we will sign one of them.