New report reveals the player NUFC tried & failed to sign this summer – One to watch in January?

According to reports in Germany today, Newcastle made a €28m (£25m) bid to sign Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta over the summer

This comes from SportBild, who claim that our £25m offer was knocked back, with the Bundesliga side holding out for £35m instead.

Watford, Everton, Brighton, AS Monaco and Marseille were also interested according to the German outlet, however this isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with the French U-21 international who bagged 14 goals in the Bundesliga last season.

L’Equipe reported that we’d made a £20m bid for the 22-year-old in June, while Sky Sports also claimed in July he that was a player we were keen to sign AFTER the arrival of Joelinton.

That said, I have my doubts that we’d have made such sizeable bids given he’s been injured since July and has had knee surgery as a result.

This could be one to watch in January, but I’m not convinced Mike Ashley will be spending big on another talented but unproven young striker in the new year – especially when he’s yet to kick a ball this season.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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