Date: 5th August 2019 at 4:03pm
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have outbid in the race to sign Lille’s defensive midfielder Thiago Maia, according to Le10Sport.

The French news outlet claims that Genoa had offered £6.4million and 50 per cent of the resale value of the 22-year-old Brazilian.

However it is understood that have now tabled a higher bid for Maia as they aim to land the former Santos midfielder before the deadline at 5pm on Thursday.

Le10Sport adds that Maia is yet to make a final decision on his future at Lille despite only earning 11 starts in last .

OPINION

Maia struggled to get as much game-time at Lille last season than he did in his debut campaign at the Ligue 1 club, but he is still a relatively young defensive midfielder who could turn into a good signing for Newcastle if he is handed enough first-team opportunities. Although it remains to be seen how much Newcastle have offered for Maia (it is at least £6.4million), there’s a good chance that it’s nowhere near the Brazilian’s reported £50million release clause [The Sun] or even the £12.9million fee that Lille paid for him in 2017. That could be a good thing. Maia’s lack of game-time last season has reduced his market value and if Newcastle still see a great deal of potential in the 22-year-old then will no doubt be drooling over the prospect of signing someone with good resale value. Newcastle’s transfer business this summer has already seen them sign one Brazilian 22-year-old and another 22-year-old from . Are they going to land another 22-year-old this summer who is both Brazilian and currently playing in France?