The Mali international forward has been the subject of the Tyneside club’s admiration for quite some time, and a move was close to being completed in the summer.
However, with a £6 million transfer to Alan Pardew’s men negotiated with the Ligue 1 club, the 24-year-old failed a medical due to a recurring knee problem according to L’Equipe.
The player’s agent has denied that Maiga has any health concerns and admits that the news came as a shock.
“I am disappointed by the turn of events. Modibo is in perfect physical condition and this was confirmed by specialists,” Karim Aklil stated.
“I am surprised by what has happened since his medical and the diagnosis was established by doctors authorised by the club,” he concluded.
Newcastle are in the market for a new frontman, and may turn their attention elsewhere in the new year due to Maiga’s fitness problems.
By Gareth McKnight