Last Wednesday there were claims that Newcastle had had an offer rejected for Thiago Maia.

Now 21, the Brazilian midfielder only joined Lille last year for £12m.

The young midfielder impressed in his first season in Europe despite Lille struggling both on and off the pitch.

With finances stretched at the French club, they more be forced to sell some of their best players.

However, they still decided to reject an opening offer from Newcastle United according to Le10Sport last week.

Now, the claimed Newcastle offer (and rejection) appears to be confirmed, with La Voix du Nord now reporting that this is the case.

La Voix du Nord is a regional newspaper with its headquarters in Lille and Get French Football News (who are very good themselves), describe the NUFC transfer news as ‘hyper-reliable’ with it coming from this source.

Newcastle fans will hope that this is evidence of bids being made for credible targets, as things have been very quiet apart from the Martin Dubravka transfer which had to be done by the end of May for NUFC to get him for the loan agreement price of £4m.

The Mag – 6 June 2018:

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

  • TheNutJob

    i can in no way see this as one of Rafa`s priority signings it stinks of years gone by and Carr. anyway they want £12m, Penfold will have offered £6m.

    • 1957

      If a bid has been turned down the owner will be relieved, what’s Charnley thinking making offers for players… what if it had been accepted.

    • Kneebotherm8

      It would be typical Carr……..signing players for positions where we’ve already got strength in depth……..that’s the main reason we got relegated last time….

      • mactoon

        Carr doesn’t work for us anymore?

        • Kneebotherm8

          Aye a knaaa that……but it stinks of years gone by and Carr………….if it is a true story……absolute bonkers signing just like the ones he made in our relegation year….

  • mactoon

    I doubt there is any transfer activity going on behind the scenes while the contract wranglings are still going on. Even if we were to put a bid in it would be nowhere near the £12 million the club paid for him.

    • Leazes.

      There’s 22 places to fill…. somebody must be doing something!

      • mactoon

        22 places? we have the 25 man squad filled up can you clarify what you mean

  • Leazes.

    If anyone needs to include the words ‘‘Hyper-Reliable’ source’ or ‘reliable Journalist’ it means its a lie…..

    His value has plummeted since his move despite having 4 years on his contract which means there’s something wrong….probably off pace from Brazilian Football.

    Also Left footed his position makes him competition for Mikel Merino who is being linked away…. his market value is £3.5m.

    Hyper fake news speculation!

    • TheNutJob


    • Kneebotherm8

      Is there such a thing as a reliable journalist?

  • Wezza147

    Doubt anything is going on but if it is and he is worth 3.5m then Charnley would have offered £500,000. We were priced out and we couldn’t get him over the line.

    • Clarko

      Where have you got the impression that he is worth £3.5m?

      • JonMag


        • Clarko

          Does that mean that Lascelles is only worth £13.50m? Is Mitrovic only worth £7.20m? Perez £9.00m? Dummett £3.15m?

  • panther

    Why wouldn’t he want unlimited slazanger socks?

    • Mxpx

      He drives a hard bargain sondico gloves and a sports direct mug And we can use the socks as a signing bonus

      • Dillon Tovak

        And you get a go at whipping the next sports direct employee that’s 1 minute late.

        • Rich Lawson

          Shame it wont include the bad timekeeping of the owner !

  • panther

    The whole circus starts again, I’m mystified why they wouldn’t take a fraction of what he’s worth

  • JonMag

    Penfold & friends hover over clubs in trouble like Cypriot shyte hawks looking for something cheap, they never want to pay the going rate but when it comes to selling they want top dollar even for crappy players

  • East Durham Mag

    Nevermind imagine trying to rhyme his name for a song 🤔

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Try the old ‘Kumbyya’ song, used last with Ketsbia and to a lesser degree of success, Keiron Dyer.

  • Albert Stubbins

    apparently we went as high as two sherbert dib dabs and half a dozen black jacks!!

    • TheFatController

      That’s not tax deductible – we only offer SD stuff therefore.

      Although you get to choose the colour of the Lonsdale hoodie. We’re not cheap.

    • nufcslf

      Since the transfer dealings are going as expected. Thought of how much I used to love black jacks…probably politically incorrect theses days…all those half pence chews and sweets. 10p used to go a long way at one time.

      • Albert Stubbins

        apparently saying black jacks is now considered to be ok- now coloured jacks would be a big no no and probably result in you being taken to task by the pc brigade on
        here. I liked them as well btw. you can still buy them I believe- not sure about sherbert dib dabs though- i used to get me school jumper covered in the stuff back in the day.

  • Leicester Mag

    I love that ‘opening bid line as if there’s any chance Fats Dominant and his pet minion will follow up with serious offer

  • S.G.M.

    Porter Pap