News today that West Ham have made a £4M bid for Racing Santander center-back Alvaro.
Alavaro tackles Lionel Messi last season with eyes closed
The 22-year-old is said to be highly rated in Spain, although he has not been selected for any of the Spanish youth sides.
West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and Atletico Madrid are said to be interested in the 6′ tall youngster, who has only ever played for his home town club.
Racing Santandar finished bottom of the Spanish league last season, with only 27 points, and a full 10 points behind second bottom club Sporting Gijon, and surprisingly Jose Enrique’s old club Villareal were the third Spanish club relegated.
We suppose Alvaro could be picked up on the cheap, although £4M sounds a bit much for an untested youngster, especially for a first bid, and he has no International experience, and we would think Graham Carr could find better value elsewhere.
And Newcastle are always interested in a good deal, and they want to get value for their money in the transfer market, unlike in days of old.
Alvaro- full name Alvaro Gonzalez Soberon – joined the youth ranks of his home-town club Racing de Santander, and played for the Reserves 23 times in season 2009-2010 in the Spanish third division.
Alvaro made his first team debut only in May of last year, playing 82 minutes in a 2–0 home win against RCD Mallorca, Jonas Guttierrez’ former club.
But Alvaro then became the first team choice the season, and he played a total of 37 games for Racing Santandar with one goal last season.
It wouldn’t appear this guy is on Newcastle’s radar screen, but we’d like to know which center-backs are on the list at Newcastle.
Center-backs Newcastle may still be after include 23 year-old Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Toby Alderweireld, the 23 year-old Ajax and Belgium center-back.
But we’re out of the race to sign Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, who will be moving to manager-less Tottenham, and Newcastle have tired of FC Twente’s Brazilian center-back Douglas.
Maybe West Ham are bringing in Alavaro so Newcastle can get James Tomkins, who can play well at either center-back or defensive midfield - now there’s a thought!