According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are said to be one of three clubs chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorbieta.
Fernando Amorebieta – 22 year old 6’4″ defender from Athletic Bilbao
The 3 clubs interested are said to be Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United, and all are said to be keeping a close watch on the 22 year-old young defender.
All three clubs are reported to have watched the player on a number of occasions this season, as they all consider making a move for him in the summer transfer window. Amorebieta, has a contract with Bilbao until 2011, and says he is happy with the interest shown in him, but insists he is in no rush to leave Bilbao:
He told Sky Sports today:
“I’m very happy here and also that people are noticing me,”
“It’s nice to know people are interested in you.”
The problem we have at Newcastle, as we go after these players this summer, is we will have precious little to offer them. We will finish in the bottom half of the table for the second season running, and will not have any European Football next season to odder, again for the second season in succession. So it will not be easy to persuade some of these promising players to join us on Tyne-side.
Fernando Amorebieta Mardaras was born in Cantaura, Venezuela in March, 1985 and plays for Athletic Bilbao as a defender. He is just under 6â€™4â€ tall and both his parents are from the Basque Country, and he has played for the Spanish Youth side.
Here is Fernandoâ€™s playing record so far:
Season Club App Goals 2003â€“2004 Baskonia 26 1 2004â€“2005 Bilbao Athletic 24 1 2005â€“present Athletic Bilbao 61 0
There will be many many players we are linked with as the summer approaches, as usual. Our most recent signing from Spain, Under-21 International Jose Enrique, will not give much confidence to other youngsters looking to come to Newcastle from Spain.
Jose has been used very sparingly, to say the least, and the 21 year-old has only started 12 games with 5 sub appearances for the club in just over 6 months. Yet when he’s played he’s looked a good young player with promise.
Not sure exactly what is going on with Jose at Newcastle, but preferring Stephen Carr, a right back to him on Saturday doesn’t exactly show that Kevin Keegan has great confidence in the youngster.Â And other Spanish players like Fernando, may well look twice before they agree to come to Tyne-side.