Even though Chris Hughton has said he is not in the market for any players this January, that hasn’t stopped the stories about who Newcastle may be interested in.
Matias Fernenadez – a player who is not coming to Newcastle
There was a story yesterday that we were interested in Belgium winger Jonathan Legear, who would cost around £3.5M.
There are reports also that Newcastle may be interested in Sporting Lisbon play-maker Matias Fernandez.
The player’s agent Alejandro Santiesteban has said he is yet to hear from representatives of the Newcastle United club about the 24-year-old Chile international:
“I’m not aware of the reported interest in Matias from Newcastle, nobody has got in touch with me so I think it must be a rumor.”
“If a team is really interested in a player and has to pay a transfer fee, then they have to get in touch with me and the club. That hasn’t happened.”
And we think that Alejandro Santiesteban can stop holding his breath, because Newcastle will not be in touch with him about the Buenos Aires, Argentinian born player.
The 39 times capped Chilean International attacking midfielder is contracted to Sporting Lisbon until 2014, and is apparently rated at between £14M and £20M, and Newcastle will not pay that fee for just one player – no way at all.
We’re only paying around £7M in total if we get Ben Arfa from Marseilles, who is also a highly rated play-maker.
So that’s the end of this particular rumor.