Newcastle United Given Green Light To Sign Midfielder
Newcastle United's pre season transfer dealings haven't really got going just yet. However the Magpies look to have been given the green light to sign one of their top transfer targets.
This summer really should be a bit of a celebration for Newcastle United after they returned to the Premier League following just one season out of the top league but instead it's been all about Rafa Benitez' reported frustration.
Atsu was on loan from Chelsea last season but has now made the move to St James' Park permanent. Image: PA
The Spaniard has his transfer targets in mind and have been heavily linked with some players, such as Tammy Abraham, but the club have so far struggled to sign anyone other than Christian Atsu.
Former Liverpool boss Benitez has been given more power in the transfer window with chief scout Graham Carr, who made a name for himself during the relatively successful period under Alan Pardew, leaving the club.
However it looks like Benitez' frustration could be about to lower with Spanish newspaper AS reporting that his former club Valencia have given him the go ahead to sign combative midfielder Enzo Perez for £8.8 million.
Perez has been at Valencia since 2015 but is surplus to requirements. Image: PA
The report does say that the Argentine midfielder has been offered to several clubs in the Premier League but the Magpies are specifically named as they are known to be interested.
He has also been linked with a move back to his homeland with River Plate but reportedly he prefers the option to move to England as he'd rather stay in Europe.
It looks like Abraham will choose Swansea over Newcastle. Image: PA
The club were poised to make Andreas Samaris their highest ever transfer fee signing for £17.5 million, beating Michael Owen's £17 million move some years ago from Real Madrid, but there has been no movement in recent days.
Benitez is said to be unhappy at the limited number of players to have come in to the club since last season finished with Abraham joining Willy Caballero and Equaliem Mangala as transfer targets they look to have missed out on.
Will Perez finally end the managers annoyance?