Birmingham’s on-loan striker Mauro Zarate is reported by BBC Sports to being in discussions right now with Portsmouth, about a potential move to the FA Cup winners.
Mauro Zarate – available and talking to Portsmouth
Portsmouth have yet to agree any fee with the 21-year-old’s club, Al-Saad of Qatar, but it is repotrted that Pompey manager Harry Redknapp is believed to be very keen to sign Zarate, who scored four goals for the relegated Midlands club.
The Argentine, who joined on loan in January until the end of the season, made 14 appearances for Birmingham.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish talked about the striker to the Birmingham Mail:
“Mauro’s going to be an attractive proposition to Premier League clubs, in fact I know he is,”
“I would like to thank him for his spell here, and he made an impact, which was never going to be easy.”
“It was a little bit of a risk bringing him in from a league where you can get away with things, be lazy and still look like a world class star, coming into the hurly-burly of the Premier League.”
“So I applaud his spirit, his heart and he will be a good asset to one of the big clubs, if not here then abroad.”
The youngster has played for the Argentine Under-20 side 5 times and scored 2 goals, and he was born in Haedo, Buenos Aires in 1987, and stands just under 5’10” tall.
What do you think – would Zarate be a good acquisition for Newcastle?