The Evening Standard are now reporting that we are interested in signing Lille’s Thiago Maia. The London based newspaper believes that both us and West Ham are keen on signing the holding midfielder.
Le10Sport had previously reported that we had offered €20m (£17.8m) for the player, with his side willing to sell if a club matches his €25million valuation.
When I asked supporters about whether we will sign Maia this summer, almost three quarters believe the Brazilian is out of our price range:
The Standard’s report does provide a more credible voice to rumours that we could make a move for the midfielder. However, the Chronicle are convinced that only two more signings are likely before the transfer window shuts.
Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder reports that a centre-back and a left-back are the main priorities. Rafa Benitez is said to have made a case for signing up to five new players with a number 10 and a winger also being sought, but the club are unwilling to splash the cash.