This could be way off the mark, but news in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Star today, that Newcastle are looking at Velez Sarsfield striker Juan Manuel Martinez.
Juan Manuel Martinez – Argentine striker/winger
Juan Manuel Martinez is 25 and plays as a second striker or winger and joined his the Argentine Primera Division club back in 2003.
He made his debut for the club when only 17, and has a nickname of ‘The Little Donkey’, and the news is that he was also a target of Wigan and Blackburn earlier in the summer.
Apparently there are now three clubs interested in this player, with Napoli and Seville being the other two clubs.
But Newcastle have never been successful in recent times in bringing South American players to the club who turn out to be good players, and we wonder why some established young players in Europe, who will cost real money, are not being targeted this summer.
It’s perfectly OK to look for bargains in the transfer market, but sometimes you have to pay out the bucks for quality young players such as Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, as just one good example.
And it’s not that Newcastle are not flush with cash either, with none of the £35M Andy Carroll having been spent yet – even though we have brought in three good players, and captain Kevin Nolan has left the club – which was a huge shock a week or so ago.
It’s hard to know just how good this player is, since we have never seen him play, but he has played for the full Argentine side only once.
The striker received his first call-up by coach Sergio Batista in January of this year, for a friendly match against Portugal.
And Juan was brought on and then brought down in the penalty area in injury time to win a penalty for his country – and Lionel Messi scored the winner – who else?
What do you think?