Newcastle and Southampton are reportedly among a raft of clubs who have bid for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
The 21-year-old attacker, who moved to Germany in a €10m deal from Lyon last summer, scored 14 goals and added three assists in 34 league appearances last season.
That form has alerted a number of clubs, with both Premier League clubs said to have bid between €20-25m for the player – although those offers have since been declined.
L’Equipe claims that any suitors will have to raise their bids to €35-40m to get the player, although there is a feeling that Mainz could be willing to do business for €30m – if additional add-ons are involved.
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