Newcastle United have made a late move to sign LOSC Lille midfielder Thiago Maia. According to a report by French media outlet Le10Sport, Newcastle have bettered Genoa’s bid for Maia.
Serie A side Genoa have been battling to sign the Brazilian defensive midfielder from Lille. Genoa’s current bid stands at €7m with a 50 per cent sell-on fee in his contract. But Newcastle have made a higher offer.
Steve Bruce has already been busy as Newcastle manager, signing Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin in big-money deals. But now he is eyeing reinforcements in the holding midfield department.
Maia fits the bill for Newcastle. The 22-year-old is young with plenty of potential to improve. With 64 games for Lille and 78 games for Santos under his belt already, the youngster offers experience as well as youth.
Lille might not want to sell him for anything less than the €14m fee they splashed on Maia in 2017. But Newcastle seem ready to turn their attention to Maia before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Implications of Thiago Maia to Newcastle
Maia’s arrival would leave Newcastle with an overcrowded midfield department. Isaac Hayden wants out because his family lives down south but he has not yet found a suitor; perhaps Newcastle would be more willing to let him leave if Maia joins.
Jack Colback is another candidate for the exit door, having spent time out on loan in the last two seasons. Matty Longstaff could head out on loan and Jonjo Shelvey’s future under Bruce is unclear at this stage. But Newcastle fans will be hoping Sean Longstaff stays even if Maia joins.