Watford have a made a €20 million bid for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, a man reportedly targeted by Newcastle.

The 21-year-old impressed in his what was his first season at Lille, and despite his recent arrival, could be heading out the door again one year later.

Joining from Santos in his home country of Brazil, Thiago Maia made 37 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.

Earmarked by Magpies’ boss Rafael Benitez as a possible summer addition, it seems as though Premier League rivals Watford may pip the Tynesiders to the post on deadline day.

Sport Witness claim that a report in French outlet ‘Le 10’ suggests the Hornets have prepared a €20 million offer for the Brazil U23 star.

Newcastle have yet to add to their midfield ranks so far this transfer window, and a late struggle for Thiago Maia could see the defensively minded ball-winner join Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame.

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