Wednesday morning has seen reports that Newcastle United have had an offer turned down for Thiago Maia.

The 21 year old plays for Lille in France and Le10Sport say that the Ligue 1 club has turned down the NUFC offer.

No number has been put forward as to the alleged offer but Lille paid Pele’s former club Santos £12m last summer for the defensive midfielder’s services.

Fair to say that after impressing in his first season in Europe, if the French club were to be willing to sell, then they would be looking for at least that £12m as a minimum, probably more.

If there is genuine interest, Newcastle may be looking to take advantage of Lille’s current situation, as they are far removed from the club that won the French league and cup double back in 2010/11, featuring the likes of Cabaye, Hazard and Debuchy in their team.

They also moved into a brand new fifty thousand capacity stadium in 2012.

With twenty thousand empty seats on average last season and a near miss with relegation – they finished 17th, the club is also struggling financially.

The French media outlet say that Newcastle have been watching Thiago Maia for some time and indeed, the likes of Juventus, Chelsea and PSG were credited with interest when he was still playing in Brazil, before Lille eventually put the money up.

Interesting/intriguingly, Le10Sport do say that Lille have indicated they are not wanting to sell….’at least not at the price Newcastle have offered’, an indication that the French club may be tempted to sell to Newcastle, or whoever, if they get the right offer.

At one point, hearing of supposed Newcastle interest in a promising young player in France was almost a daily occurrence.

This summer, the fact remains that Rafa Benitez will have to use his expertise to find value for money, wherever it can be found and whatever his budget actually is.

As for Thiago Maia, if by any chance Newcastle did land him, then he would be unlikely to be adding many goals, last season he managed only one in 37 appearances for Lille

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  • If we are looking at defensive midfielders, we are looking to offload either Diame or Hayden since we got two already.

  • Peaky

    Will google to see who he is before I comment….once again someone I’ve never heard of…

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Bet you Rafa hasn`t either
      😂😂

    • Leazes.

      I’ve already done that and I’m still none the wiser.

  • Brazilian John

    He is a good and young defensive midfielder. I don’t know if you guys use the tick (animal) to describe a defensive midfielder that never let the striker alone, but he is this kind of player.
    Lille bought him because of Bielsa.. Bielsa was one of the Santos options for a manager job, so he studied the team a lot. Well, the job never happeded but as soon as he was hired for Lille he bought Thiago.
    His most important achievement was the Olympic Gold Medal in 2016.
    He can be better than Hayden but the PL is not an easy thing for Brazilians.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Underwhelming………defensive midfield is not a position we need to strengthen.

    • Leazes.

      Put it like this…. if you were playing ‘Football Manager’ you wouldn’t give him a thought.

      • TheNutJob

        makes you wonder who`s running the show, doesn`t it.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Hopefully just another bull💩 transfer story.

  • Wezza147

    Bought for 12M, Charnley probably offered 6M. Rejected.

    • TheNutJob

      😂.

  • TheNutJob

    I thought a striker was top of the list

  • TheNutJob

    France again, another £12m player like Cabella & Thauvan those 2 transfers went well, didn`t they

    • Wor Lass

      There`s nowt wrong with France!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Apart from it being full of the French it`s Ok.
        i like Paris & Lyon

        • Wor Lass

          Went to Paris two weeks ago – awesome place. I`ve only driven through Lyon on the way to the Alps but it looks an interesting place.

    • Mxpx

      I think it not working out has more to do with us than those two players although if you want to talk about riviere haidara yanga mbwia and obertan then I’d agree

    • Vodkamagpie

      Yes, and cabaye, bassong , beye, sissoko , debuchy , Ben arfa, all totally useless

  • Coach Clagnut

    “then he would be unlikely to be adding many goals, last season he managed only one in 37 appearances for Lille”……maybe because he’s a defensive midfielder, playing in defense.

    Just a thought.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Brilliant Coach
      😂😂

  • Jate Legend

    12m of a probably very small budget on an untested DM when we already have 2 of those with ok level of prem experience? Next rumour please