The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle are trying to sign Pablo Aimar, after south coast club Portsmouth have hesitated at the Â£7M asking price for the Argentine International.
Pablo Aimar – Newcastle and Portsmouth fight it out?
There is some confusion over this transfer because we had reported late yesterday that his agent Gustavo Mascardi told Portuguese newspaper Record on Sunday:
â€œIâ€™m awaiting at the moment a phone call from (Zaragoza owner) Agapito Iglesias telling me that Benficaâ€™s money has arrived.”
â€œAs things stand, Aimar will be a player at the Portugese club.â€
Newcastle had been reported interested in the player for quite a while, and Portsmouth seemed to enter the race only last week.
But the Daily Mail is reporting today that Newcastle believe they can strike a deal with the Argentine midfielderâ€™s team Real Zaragoza.
The Spanish club are desperate for cash having been relegated from the La Liga last season, and they have to sell their star player, to cut the wages costs. They signed Pablo for Â£10M from Valencia just two years ago, and the initial price Zaragoza wanted was quoted to be Â£6M.
It seems that Â£7M is clos,e and they are probably trying to get the very best deal they can, which isn’t surprising for a relegated club.
Aimar is expected to move to Portuguese giants Benfica unless a decent bid comes in from England, since it is understood the 51 times capped Argentine would like to play in the Premier league.
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is also a big admirer of Aimar, and the Mail is reporting they believe talks with Newcastle will be held over the next 24 hours.
One barrier to the signing could be his wages, as the Newcastle club are known to want to streamline their wage budget, but we think if this report is indeed true, Newcastle should be able to strike a deal, since a player of Aimar’s standing seems exactly what the club needs.
We think the signing would be well received by Newcastle’s loyal fans.
It turns out that Portsmouth had wanted to sign Aimar only on loan, after learning of his availability, but Newcastle want to buy the player outright.Â It would appear that the deal may be on for the Tyneside club, if they can just reach a deal with both the player and Real Zaragoza.
It should also be a big help for Newcastle that they signed his Argentine team-mate Jonas Gutierrez just over a week ago, and Gutierrez seemed over the moon at his move to Tyneside.
We stress we don’t know if this report is true, but we definitely hope it is.