The report claims that the French outfit are set to demand a fee in the region of €15m (£13m) for the talent, although it remains to be seen how much the Toon are willing to pay.
Newcastle have added Sven Botman, Nick Pope, and Matt Targett to their squad this summer and are now attempting to improve their options further up the pitch.
The Magpies could find their next French wizard out wide by securing a deal to bring Mara to the Premier League in the coming weeks.
He is a promising, young, winger who has shown great signs of promise at the top level. The 19-year-old scored six goals in 26 Ligue 1 outings last term, despite only starting eight times.
Journalist Zach Lowy heaped praise on the gem earlier this summer, Tweeting: “I put Sekou Mara in my team for a reason — he’s a brilliant young talent who almost certainly won’t be playing in Ligue 2 or the Championnat National. Would think that quite a few Premier League clubs should be taking a look at him.”
Saint-Maximin, who the club signed from Ligue 1 outfit Nice, has proven himself to be a useful player in the Premier League for the Magpies. He produced five goals and five assists in the division last season to help the club avoid relegation and Mara could now follow in his footsteps.
The Bordeaux man is another French winger potentially coming over from Ligue 1 and his statistics suggest that he has the potential to make a big impact in the final third if he can adapt to England and continue to develop.
Therefore, he could be the club’s next Saint-Maximin and that is why he is worth the club taking a £13m punt on him this summer.