Newcastle Fail Again With Bid For 21 Year-Old Midfielder


News today that Newcastle are busy in the transfer market and have had a loan bid for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia £turned down.

That’s according to outlet Le10Sport and much like Kenedy, they want a season-long loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

We were also reported in the French press to have bid for this player last month.

Maia only joined Lille last year in what was thought to be a €14M (£12.4M) deal from Santos.

We have already been linked a few times with the 21-year-old Brazilian holding midfielder but now we are seeing Newcastle make real attempts to get the players in that Rafa wants in the squad.

21-year-old Thiago Maia in action for Santos – 2017

Lille are in some financial trouble at the moment so they could be interested in letting Maia leave but on a permanent deal and he’s priced at something above £12M.

So it seems we are trying to do quite a few loan deals which doesn’t say that Rafa has too much money to spend this summer.

But this may also be part of a grand plan to bid cash up front for one or two top players in the near future.

Maybe.

Maia is a very good young player who had an excellent first season in France last year.

He played in Brazil’s 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning squad along with Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

It’s another sign that Rafa wants to strengthen his central midfield with Ki Yeung-sung already signed on a free transfer from Swansea.

If Rafa does bring in more central midfielder it could be that  Isaac Hayden is loaned out or even sold before August 9 because he will probably see little playing time next season if these targets are brought in.

Maia is a very good player but why can’t we try to get him in permanently?

Comments welcome.


11 comments so far

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m still hoping that rafa signs 2 strikers, a number 10, lw, rb plus 5 cover players. A real revolution of the squad on top of our best players.
    I’d love to see 2 if Ings, Carroll and Gabiaddini as our striker options with Gayle as back up.
    A proper number 10 challenging Perez.
    Kenedy.
    Possibly Townsend.
    Dawson at right back to challenge yedlin and offer cover at centre back.

    Rafa with real options would be a great season.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed “it seems we are trying to do quite a few loan deals”.

    I did have a thought on this over the weekend. Is it possible that we’re operating under a transfer embargo on permanent inbound deals related to the HMRC case, with press restrictions imposed by the court as there are other, related cases going on elsewhere against other clubs / individuals?

    Or would that more likely be categorised as nonsense / paranoia? It would explain why we haven’t heard anything of substance from the club and why we are failing to bring in anything but free contract players / loans / deals already negotiated.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    OneAlanShearer

    we would need to expand the treatment room with those 3 forwards

    surly we can do better than those 3 sick notes

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Why don’t Stoke sign Adomah and give us all a rest from the drivel that the press write.

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  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I did have a thought on this over the weekend. Is it possible that we’re operating under a transfer embargo on permanent inbound deals related to NUFC being taken over by aliens,
    with press restrictions imposed by Yartek leader of the alien Voord as there are other, alien takeovers going on elsewhere against other clubs / individuals?
    Or would that more likely be categorised as nonsense / paranoia?

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Hibbit – rondon doesn’t exactly get the blood pumping.
    I’d take Carroll if it was risk versus reward.
    Gabiaddini seems to be benched rather than injured unless I’m mistaken and I think he’s a player rafa could make a very good striker out of.
    Ings a risk but I don’t think we are shopping in the guaranteed quality striker bin, we are on the ‘can we get 20 games a season out if him and hope combined we can get enough goals bin’.

    I’d love to see us sign a really top striker but I can’t help but be cynical about that happening.

    Not wishing to be a dark cloud over this but don’t trust Ashley to let that happen.

    Perhaps the best we can hope for is someone like Carroll for experience with a younger gamble alongside.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Phoenix nights then.
    Is this a step up or down from Peterborough ?
    Surely the likes of Carlisle or Hartlepool could bring him closer to home
    Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor’s set for a new challenge – in New Zealand. Taylor has been in talks with A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

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  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    But that’s the point yet again we got no money to spend all we can get is loans and money on player that we sell yet again it’s going to be a hard long season Ashley out

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib – we’ve had a blocker in place for a decade….Mike Ashley.

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  • martoon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    RobLeenio @2 – I think you’re letting your imagination run wild. As I recall the HMRC thing is about a few million paid to players via agents – I don’t think that would be enough to put a transfer embargo on us – I think only FIFA or the FA can do this? Even with press restrictions something like this would get out via social media etc.

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  • BeeGuy

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    When it comes to player ins & outs, one has to think Ashley is always thinking about what the books will look like if the club gets relegated. As a weak owner compared to the big money owners, his only joy is staying up with the best profit margin possible.

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