Newcastle United have had a £2M bid for 22 year-old Portuguese striker Ukra rejected by Porto.
Andre Monteiro (Ukra) – 22 year-old Porto striker
The 5’9″ Porto forward played for Portugal Under-21s against England at Wembley last November, and the watching Newcastle manager was impressed with what he saw.
Newcastle have been interested in the 22 year-old for a while, but Porto have decided to recall him for next season, after the player has been out on a loan spell with Olhanense, a club that currently plays in the Portuguese First Division, and finished last season in 13th position of 16 teams, but avoided relegation.
He’s been on loan for two seasons at Olhanense, and played 51 times with just 6 goals, and it looks like he’s never played for the Porto first team, and we wonder if he’ll be good enough for Newcastle.
He played 14 times for the Portugal U21 side with a couple of goals.
Ukra’s nickname comes from his youger days, when his then-blond hair led to him being called “Ukrainian”, which was then shortened to “Ukra”.
So there you have it.