Report: Thiago Maia wants Newcastle but Magpies refuse to pay Lille's asking-price

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks dejected following defeat during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley,...

Newcastle United have a big advantage over Premier League rivals Watford for Ligue 1 midfielder Maia - but might be about to let it all slip away

Lille's Brazilian midefielder Thiago Maia (C) vies with Angers' Ivorian defender Ismael Traore during the French L1 football match Lille vs Angers on February 24 2018 at the Pierre Mauroy...

There appeared to be some exciting news for Newcastle United fans to wake up to on deadline day morning.

Watford had made an £18 million bid for the Lille midfielder Thiago Maiabut Le10 Sports believes that he would rather move to St James’ Park than Vicarage Road. And who wouldn’t want to play under Rafa Benitez, a manager who has turned seemingly Championship level players into proven Premier League operators? 

 

But that does not mean Maia will be posing in the black and white stripes by the end of the day.

The Sun claims that Newcastle are indeed interested in the Brazilian starlet – but are not prepared to pay Lille’s asking price. So, once again, The Magpies’ hopes of signing a player who would genuinely improve their squad appear to have been scuppered by a lack of finances.

Thiago Maia of Brazil celebrates after the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de...

21-year-old Maia is one of the most promising young Brazilian midfielders around, enhancing his reputation by winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics alongside the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

He moved to Lille from Santos last summer but his debut season in France didn’t exactly go to plan with Les Dogues only narrowly avoiding relegation to the second tier.

Lille's Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia Alencar controls the ball during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Lille (LOSC) on January 13, 2018, at Michel d'Ornano stadium,...

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