Newcastle and West Ham have both been linked with Maia.
French outlet Le10Sport have claimed that Newcastle United have tabled an official offer worth £17.8million for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, but remain some way behind the French club's asking price.
But it seems as though a deal for any club is far from done this summer, though Newcastle and West Ham's interest in the Brazilian youngster remains undoubted.
Maia has cropped on the shortlist of Rafa Benitez and Pellegrini after starring Ligue 1, making 34 league appearances and helping Lille avoid the drop by the skin of their teeth - finishing just one point above 18th-placed Toulouse.
Newcastle need a central midfielder after selling Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad, while Isaac Hayden has also been linked with an exit from St. James' Park this summer.
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