Southampton and Newcastle have both failed in moves to sign Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
According to reports in France from L’Equipe, via Sport Witness, both clubs have seen bids rejected by the Bundesliga side.
Both Premier League teams are interested in strengthening their attacks this summer and had both highlighted Mateta as a potential target.
Mateta is believed to be a man in demand, with clubs all around Europe making moves to sign him.
His 14 Bundesliga goals last season have done enough to convince clubs to make a move for the player.
It is claimed that the bids were in the region of £15-£20m, but they would need to be doubled to convince Mainz to sell.
With Salomon Rondon’s immediate future remaining up in the air, Newcastle will be looking for alternative striker targets, in case they miss out on the Venezuelan forward.
Alternative Bundesliga forwards that the Premier League duo could sign
The soon-to-be free agent will be available for nothing this summer as he prepares to leave Werder.
Ishak Belfodil scored 16 league goals for Hoffenheim last season and could attract interest this summer.
Yussuf Poulsen has been linked with moves to the Premier League for some time now, but he’s another player who would likely require a big fee.
The Icelandic striker is a tall and powerful striker who scored 10 league goals last season.
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