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Report – Magpies In €20M Last Minute Bid for Thiago Maia – He Wanted To Join Newcastle

There’s a report out late last week that Newcastle United failed on the last day of the transfer window to get 21-year-old Brazilian central midfielder Thiago Maia to Newcastle who we had been linked with all summer.

Rafa is very keen on this youngster who seems to have it all.

His club Lille wanted to sell him this summer rather than send him on loan, and West Ham were even favorites to sign him towards the end of the window – but didn’t.

21-year-old Thiago Maia – excellent young Brazilian player

We really hope that Newcastle go back for this player in January or next summer.

And Rafa has probably talked to him about moving to Newcastle.

The report is from France in le10sport, and apparently, Watford bid €20M (£17.9M) for him, and Newcastle had already bid for him with a fee “approaching €20M”.

Maia made it clear he preferred to move to Newcastle United rather than Watford, and we have to believe he had talked to Robert Kenedy.

But Lille wanted €25M for him, so the deal didn’t go through.

That’s the report – believe it or believe it not.

But getting Thiago Maia to Newcastle would be a coup for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle – maybe in January?

Other reports late in the window were that we were trying to get him on loan for the season with an option to buy.

Presumably once Rafa gets somebody like Maia through the door we can sell Isaac Hayden t a southern club for around £10M.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • yogz69

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Typical Ashley era Newcastle bidding €5million under the asking price, but we tried to sign him. Absolute bollocks penfold is useless.

  • crawfordm

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !!!!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    wonder what he will be worth in 2/3 years time. i thought ash liked a gamble but never sees a bigger picture to speculate with for NUFC.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4


    there could be something in this story, don’t forget, Rooney was less than 24hrs away from becoming a Newcastle player.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Lots of mackems about this morning

  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    The next Mike Williamson
    Aug 14, 2018 at 7:27 AM
    Comment #104
    I wouldn’t emply an ex-footballer to handle my finances. They’re thick as pig’s sh*t, especially the British ones. I wish I’d become a football agent. They seem to earn more than the players. How the hell did that guy get £40m for Pogba?Couldn’t Pogba have got that £40m for himself? It’s almost an extra £100,000 per week the daft sod.
    It works like this. The large fee for the agent is paid to him. His base is normally in a tax haven or low tax country. Off shore most of that money minus the agents real fee works it way back to the player. Again probably paid off shore in areas that is not heavily regulated.
    Not saying that did happen in the Pogba case but are the football authorities not looking at it.

    That tactic would be about tax evasion.
    Image rights paid off shore was another scam.
    I think that is why HMRC were interested in some of the payments we made.
    Although ours were from memory just a couple of million.

    It puts clubs in a difficult position.
    You might think it is wrong but if you don’t play ball you don’t get the player because another club will.

    Football is a nest of vipers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Ha ha Jiblets at it again, just like that season when he said if it wasn’t for those few four goal humping and that five and six one, our goal difference wouldn’t be that bad. What a footy know nowt Jonny come lately, doesn’t know an oval from a sphere, ha ha.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Well if you foot off Jibberish there’ll be one less.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    I posted the below on the 5th Feb relating to our run-in for last season, I think it is still relevant, apologies if people find it dull. I know some hate stats but they have a place at times. I have updated the figures to take account of the season just finished.

    “On survival requirements. 38 points and below has been enough to guarantee survival in 19 of the 23 completed Premier League seasons so far (83%). 37 points has been enough in 16 of 23 seasons (70%) and 36 points has been enough in 11 seasons (48%).”

    Funnily enough, survival on a points total of only 34 is not as rare as you may think – including last season it’s happened 5 times (22%) since the PL was reduced to 20 teams and is the highest occurring survival requirement in points, having happened one more time than 35 points and 37 points.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Always though the buddy system is good for team morale so Maia joining up with Kennedy in January seems like s good plan.
    Just need to be sure that Mike has put some money to one side and that we are in a good league position

  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Re this player.
    Mikey probs thought he could get 70% off with a late late bid.
    Just like HoF.

  • posada

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Dear Mikey
    Retail is a buyers market.
    Football is a sellers market.
    Is that too hard to take in ?

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Maia may well not be available in January – people are forgetting that while our window has closed, the European clubs are still have two and a half weeks of their transfer window available. Maia is one that is likely to move in that time.

    This is perhaps why there were so few bargains available – European clubs knew if they didn’t sell to England, they could still sell at a potentially higher price to elsewhere on the Continent so there was no imperative to get shot at any price as there has been before.

    Britiah clubs can also still sell to the Continent and elsewhere, which is likely why our cheeky £2M bid for Pieters, which may have worked in the past, had no chance this time.

  • 9

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    FWIW Transfermarkt had this guy valued at 9m Euros last year, 4m this year!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Rafa seemed pretty warm about brazilians recently so wud make sense. Deffo like the look of this guy but it’s the usual loan to buy aporoach. Maybe Fats is genuinely keeping the bank balance healthy to facilitate a sale

  • 9

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    …..and Lille actually paid 14m Euros for him last year.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Last season just before
    Xmas we lost 3 games
    in a row by a one goal

    We were drawing at Leicester
    1 – 1 at halftime
    We lost to Everton to a single
    jammy Rooney goal
    Same at Arsenal to Ozil
    If we’d got 3 points from those 3 games
    we would have been on the same points as Leicester
    same with the last 4 games before we bounced Chelsea
    last game of the season – we lost them all by one goal

    Draws are significant

  • 9

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    ………….but he wasn’t picked for their only match so far this season, and not even on the bench.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 14, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    20 million euro for one player pull the other one where do you think the 90 million HOF money came from dont you know? MA isn’t a cash rich man his money money is all tied up in shares yet 90 million can be funneled out of the club at the drop of a hat when a business opportunity arises.

  • mactoon

    Aug 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    If anybody believes we had already bid for him with a fee “approaching €20M” I would be astonished.


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