NEWCASTLE have reportedly launched a third bid for Flamengo wonderkid Matheus Franca.
But the Magpies are still below the Brazilian side’s asking price for their best asset.
Reports in Franca’s homeland claim that Newcastle had their first offer of £11.5m rejected for the attacking midfielder last week.
And a second offer initially worth £12m was also turned down by Flamengo.
But Eddie Howe is determined to land 19-year-old Franca this month.
A new offer of £14million has now been submitted as the Toon boss seeks to complete a deal.
However, Flamengo have maintained from the start that they want at least £17.5m for Franca PLUS 50% of his upcoming transfer fee.
They are set to sell another top player in Joao Gomes for £16m, and believe Franca is worth “much more” due to his age and profile.
As well as Franca, Newcastle would also like to agree a deal for Everton’s Anthony Gordon ahead of Chelsea.
A bid worth up to £40m has been offered but the Toffees are hoping to get closer to £60m.
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Toon is also fond of Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay.
However, the ace is not for sale until the summer.
And there could be more outings at St James’ Park too, with Allan Saint-Maximin a loan target for AC Milan.
But he has just returned from injury and remains a key player in Howe’s eyes.
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow has joined Hull on a six-month loan.