There is news today that midfielder Javi Marquez is a target of Newcastle United in the January transfer window.
Javi Marquez – Espnyol’s defensive midfielder or center-back
This would be a surprise if the news is true, because Newcastle seem well stocked in the central midfield position with Tiote, Cabaye, Gosling, Guthrie, Abeid and Ben Arfa all able to play there, but Newcastle may want Marqez as a central defender, although he’s only 5’9″ tall.
Newcastle are currently in joint third place with 19 points from their nine league games, and most Newcastle fans cannot quite believe how well the side is doing this season.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has somehow conjured up a strong squad this season, and even though four very good players have left the club this year, Newcastle still seem to have a much better squad this season than last.
It looks certain that Newcastle will sign a new striker in early January, and manager Pardew also talked last week about strengthening central defense, so we expect a new center-half to be signed in January.
Alan Pardew has somehow put together a top squad at Newcastle, and the likelihood is that the powers that be at Newcastle will fork out the the money for the new players Alan asks for in January.
Marquez plays for Espanyol and can play in defensive midfield or at center-back, so maybe he does fit what’s needed at Newcastle, at least because he can play at the back.
The Barcelona-born player will cost around £4M, and if the news is true you can be sure that Newcastle will have done their homework on this player, in looking at him as both a player and his character and background too.
The news is that Espanyol are short of cash, and a decent offer for their home-born player could well be accepted, to allow them to balance their financial books.
In March of last year Marquez broke his leg and missed the rest of the season, and the injury occurred because of an unfortunate clash with team-mate Ivan Alonso, as both players challenged for a loose ball.
Marquez has played 52 times for Espanyol with three goals since 2009.