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Report – Newcastle Still Maintain An Interest In Lille’s Thiago Maia

Get French Football News is reporting that there have been discussions of Newcastle buying Lille midfielder Thiago Maia. Newcastle have had an interest in the Brazilian since last summer when they tried but failed to secure a loan deal.

Last summer Maia’s transfer fee was in the €20-30m, however after a poor year in France for Lille, the French club’s asking price for the 23-year-old has plummeted.

However, there is a strange report in Le 10 Sport that Genoa have bid €7m to purchase 50% of the player. This is an unusual deal which we are not sure that the outlet is getting right. However, the Italian club does appear to be very interested in Maia.

In June, there was speculation that Brazilian club Flamengo were close to sealing a shock €8.5m deal for Maia but nothing has resulted from those reports.

With Newcastle still uncertain of the future of Isaac Hayden and having lost Mohamed Diame this summer, they may be maintaining an interest in Maia as a precaution for a Hayden move. We could use another central midfielder, though, as the team appears to be playing with three in the middle going forward.

108 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Are you taking the proverbial Neil. Why so many buses at this time of night?

    Another repost.


    I reckon the big surprise this season for us could be Muto, he looked very sharp on Saturday and was unlucky not to score, I’d be tempted to have him down as TS in the Martoon predictions.

    Shelvey is another I expect to see more goals from he has a wicked shot on him and that free kick Saturday would have had the commentators having orgasms had it gone in.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Why, when we have Mattie the real Ginger Geordie Pirlo?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll wait for everyone to catch up.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah, I agree Bill, Muto has good movement and technical ability, and can finish. He needs that bit of confidence that more time on the pitch and the trust of the manager would give.

    I think a well run Newcastle would typically have a group of forwards like Rondon, Joelinton, Perez, Almirón, St Max, Muto and a Murphy or an Aarons.

  • geordietom

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #5

    bloody hell Ed neil gis a chance i nay sooner finish . then submit and you moved the bus 3 times…:D

  • geordietom

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #6

    as i’ve said a few times on here today really looking forward to the new season…

    watching our speed merchants hit teams on the break …

    i remember when bellamy and dyer where at wor club SIR BOBBY , used to one of them to stay by the halfwayline when we were defending corners/ freekicks . keeper got the ball knocked it up for one of them they were very pacy players . would love to find another bellamy type player for us . feisty little git good player though …

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #7

    has there ever been a pay-to-play contract? I have seen plenty with incentives but never a pure – you play and get paid, you don’t and you get nowt.

    Andy Carroll is a sicknote. There are certain players like him and Wilshere who are just not worth the risk. Marceleno? Darren Anderton.

    Some of them just get injured and are made of glass.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I wouldn’t have Carroll back now. It looks like we’ve already got one crock on our hands in Gayle, we don’t need another. Andy is a nice enough lad (or he was) and I love seeing Geordies in the team obviously, but I can’t see him making enough of an impact with his injury record. I’d rather see the money we’d spend on his agent and wages spent elsewhere.

  • TheDrewid

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #9

    I see Saido Berahino is struggling to get a game in France now. Seems his career has dropped right off. I seem to recall a good few on here bemoaning the fact that we wouldn’t fork out £20m to secure his services. Bullet well and truly dodged by the looks of it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Aye Neil made a good point re. AC, that he’d be taking up a squad spot, a pity but it would be a gamble with his fitness.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Gayle has some problems but I think he had like 23 goals and 9 assists for West Brom last year.

    He is not a Wilshere/Carroll type sicknote.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #12

    If I had to choose between Gayle and Carroll, I’d keep Gayle. Not a player I’d start with in the league, but he’s handy to have on the bench, or starting cup games.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 5, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s a more than fair point to say sick note, no thanks. But Carroll is the best attacking header of a football I’ve seen in my entire life. Better than Wor Al, better than Sir Les, even better than Big Dunc. There’s really nothing like seeing the ball swung in from the touchline and a big centre forward rising imperiously above the pack, to power home a header, and the crowd losing its mind. Nothing. And no one does it better. I really want us to sign him, IF he can prove his fitness and IF we can agree reasonable terms. He would only be required to be one of 7 options in attack. If you can look after him, only deploy him essentially in the last twenty of games, he must be worth considering. He’s a special footballer, a one off and a Geordie number 9.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #14

    I would have Andy Carroll back if he would actually play. But that’s not going to happen. He will be injured or be on the bench recovering from injury and have a few “cameos” and trying to get fit before his next injury. He is made of glass.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Berahino is one of those frustrating players where he could have been a decent Premier League striker if he’d just focused on his game and applied himself. I think he had outside influences turning his head and distracting him. He seemed to have the ability, but just not the right attitude.

    A bit like Ben Arfa, who had that unbelievable skill and just a crappy work ethic. Such a waste for us he was. On his day he was one of the best players we’ve ever had, yet we hardly got to see what he was capable of due to laziness. It’s no coincidence that trouble has followed him throughout his career. He can blame the managers or whatever, but he’s the only constant. Such a shame.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Off on hols for a week later today, so there will not be many posts from me during that time, who said hooray?

    Hoping I can catch the game somewhere although the missus and granddaughter are hell bent on shopping so might have try some cunning plans.

    I should be able to read the blog and keep up with the soap opera that is Neil and Eds blog and hopefully shouldn’t miss many tense and griping (sic) instalments.

    Bye Bye for now!

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Nicky: Carroll keeps getting different injuries. He is a sicknote. I wish he wasn’t and would sign him in a heartbeat. But he is. It is totally pointless to have him sitting in the physio’s room.

    And his Agent will not let him sign a pay-when-you play contract. Whatever the romance of coming home to Newcastle. The – I’d walk the streets aal day aal neet stuff.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Nicky, in terms of Carroll’s ability on the pitch, I think he’s great. I think his footwork is better than people give him credit for, and of course he’s a beast in the air. I’d love to see Almiron supplying balls for him to put in the back of the net, but I think he’s finished in terms of his fitness. If we could have a guaranteed twenty games a season from him, then I’d take a punt, but I doubt he’d get anywhere near that many games.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Enjoy your jollies Essex! 🙂

  • swemag

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Ginger Geordie Pirlo

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Bloody Aussies! But moreso, bloody Steve Smith. We need Archer to come in and bodyline him. And Rashid who I don’t think is the best leggy but he can spin it. The key to the series is getting Smith out.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #22


    Enjoy your holidays mate!!!

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #23

    I think we are done with transfers unless Fatty does something stupid. Maybe a loan?

    Keeping the money in the bank in case we are relegated.

    He will not sack Bruce even if we are relegated.

    I see people on here saying we are 5th with the bookies to be relegated. That’s 15th and we were 13th last year with the great and wonderful – can do no wrong – but got us off to the worst start since the 19th Century – RAFA.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Rafa was a great manager elsewhere. Especially for Valencia and Liverpool. But seriously. He wasn’t that great for us. Relegated, when he had 10 games to turn it around. 44 and 45 points in the Premier League. Of course, Fat Mike has to take a lot of the blame but sanctifying Rafa?


  • milburn

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #25

    As a target man Carroll’s strength and physicality is a sight to behold, unstoppable when at his best but I’m afraid those days could be long gone hence the free contract. Could burn our fingers with this one I’m sorry to say.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #26


    I think we’ll get one more permanent signing and one more loan in. With at least three to go out (most likely on loan).

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #27

    NYMag: you are probably right. I am more concerned with the helicopter sale that might happen.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #28

    I saw the quotes from Ed or Neil about Hayden. He isn’t leaving.

  • lesh

    Aug 5, 2019 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #29


    You really need to reflect, think about the amount of time you seem to spend on here, either softening people up before you start arguing or just being your normal (is that the right word?) self.

    Have you ever seen life outside of your own little fantasy world? You need psychiatric help.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 5, 2019 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #30


    Yeah, that of course is possible.given that the club has previous for that sort of thing.

    I was convinced he was leaving, and for a very noble cause. He’d even indicated in interviews that he had an agreement to leave – I wonder what has changed?

  • Sliema

    Aug 5, 2019 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #31

    I’d take Carroll back in a heartbeat as well, if the terms are alright, which with a free transfer to offset they should be. Only glad he left because of 20/20 hindsight. Still not spent the money like!

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 5, 2019 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #32

    lesh: you seem to have some sort of obsession with me. Should I e-mail you a picture?

  • toon22

    Aug 5, 2019 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Hiya GT

  • Veltman

    Aug 5, 2019 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #34

    Jib, is the £200,000 still on the card or it’s just pie in the sky?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 5, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m not really expecting any more signings, this is the usual as far as a squad is concerned.

    We’ll find it hard to shift Colback etc unless we release them which I cant see.

    I think we need another foward, a proven one but i cant see that happening.

    Arsenal looked decent against Barca last night, massive test Sunday for the whole team.


  • Tsunki

    Aug 5, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Hypothetical Eric, look up the word. Spectacular hypocrite who forgets some of his own loony accusations. It’s because your remit is simply to cause disturbance isn’t it?

  • Tsunki

    Aug 5, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Did you borrow that “he had AT LEAST TEN games to turn it around” thing? History repurposed again just to annoy, not to prove a point. Childish argument shovelled out regularly to create division. Another long shift from you today in er…Chicago?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 5, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #38


    I was the one who called people out for harassing one person, may have missed others

    I thought jib may enjoy his own medicine as he loves spooning it out.

    Karma is a bitch and you reap what you sow, I doubt jib has had 10% of what he dishes out.

    Defending him is like defending Ashley, ridiculous.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 5, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #39


    I’ve come to the conclusion we have a lot of Taxi drivers, how else could they be on at all hours all day and night.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Aug 5, 2019 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #40

    The more I read that Rafa only left for the money with no mention of the lies, broken promises and lack of respect the more I think that the type of smear campaign that Ashley done with Martin Samuel will continue to work no matter what stunts he pulls!


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