Newcastle United and Southampton have both seen bids for Mainz’s Jean-Philippe Mateta rejected, according to L’Equipe.
It is claimed the Bundesliga outfit have received a number of firm offers for their striker, however, they are thought to be well below the valuation they hold for him.
It is stated that the bids rejected were in the region of €20-25million (£17.8-£22.3m) with Mainz believed to want between €35-40m (£31.2-£35.6m) for the 21-year-old.
Mateta has been in fine form this season, having netted 14 goals in his 34 top-flight appearances, whilst he also provided his team-mates with three assists as well.
Both Newcastle and Southampton need to find a striker with the pedigree that the France Under-21 international has and could benefit from having him in their side in the future.
Rafa Benitez’s side do not quite know what is happening with Salomon Rondon at the moment.
If they lose the Venezuela international this summer they will need to find someone who they can rely on to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.
Southampton have had their own striker troubles over the years and Ralph Hasenhuttl will need to add some quality to his ranks if they are to stay clear of trouble.
Mateta is a player that would fit the mould of the Saints boss as he is still a young and raw talent that can be developed and fine-tuned even further with more football under his belt.
Whether both sides look to improve on their offers for the 21-year-old remains to be seen, although it would appear as though they would have to go some way if they were.