Newcastle United are believed to have made a move for the highly-rated Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta. The 21-year-old has impressed with his efforts in his breakthrough season in the Bundesliga last term and his efforts have not gone unnoticed by clubs in the Premier League.
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Reports have suggested Southampton are considering a move for the Frenchman but they will face stern competition from Newcastle, who are also thought to be pushing for a deal. News from across the Channel has suggested the Magpies have already put in a substantial bid for Mateta, thought to be in the region of £20million.
That is unlikely to be enough to secure the services of Mateta, with Mainz believed to value the player at around £30million. Whether Newcastle will go back in for the youngster remains to be seen but rumours connecting the Magpies to the player are unlikely to go away in the near future.