Newcastle United have had a bid to sign Lille midfielder Thiago Maia turned down, according to reports in France.
Le10Sport are reporting that Newcastle have made an offer to sign the Brazilian on loan, with an option to make it a permanent deal next summer.
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The defensive midfielder impressed in Ligue 1 after a £12million move from Santos last summer.
Lille are understood to be keen on raising some money, but reports say that they have rejected Newcastle's move for the 21-year-old.
However, they state that Lille have turned down the offer for the 21 year old Brazilian midfielder, preferring to sell him outright.
Maia was part of Brazil's 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning squad alongside the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has already signed one midfielder this summer, Ki Yeung-sung on a free transfer from Swansea City.
Benitez is hopeful of completing a move for Brazilian winger Kenedy this week after agreeing terms with the Chelsea player.