Two Premier League clubs see bids turned down for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta

Jean-Philippe Mateta

The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Bundesliga club in 2018/19, scoring 14 goals in 34 league appearances.

L’Equipe reports that Saints and Newcastle are among the clubs to have submitted bids in the region of €20-25 million for the player, but every approach has been turned down.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.