The Journal is reporting today that Newcastle United are looking at potentially signing Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel in January, although other clubs are also interested in the twice capped Spanish International.
Diego Capel – Sporting Lisbon winger
The Spanish club is short of money, which is why they cashed in on striker striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the summer, and he went to Norwich for £8.5M, but so far has only scored one goal for Norwich and is currently out injured.
Capel is also attracting big clubs like Tottenham and Liverpool, and the Journal is reporting that he will be a replacement for Jonas Gutierrez, although we thought that’s exactly what Yoan Gouffran has turned out to be.
Yoan has all the attributes of tracking back that Jonas has always displayed at Newcastle, but the Frenchmen scores more goals.
Capel joined Sporting Lisbon in 2011 from Sevilla for €6M (£5.1M), and has since played 97 times for the club with 15 goals and 22 assists, and while at Sevilla he played 170 times with 11 goals and 19 assists.
He is left footed and can either play on the left wing or up front as a striker.
Sporting Lisbon President Bruno de Carvalho is looking for some big money for his player, which in itself suggests Newcastle will not get him.
This is what Bruno had to say about his player today:
“The club has decided that there will be no sales in January,” “The club is leading the division for the first time in nine years and we are determined to fight for the title.” “Only if a ridiculous offer is put in for a player will it be studied.”
Newcastle will not put in a ridiculous offer for any player these days, but if the reported £5M would be enough to get him, Newcastle could certainly afford that, we think.
But if 25 year-old Diego came to Newcastle it would be likely the club would farm out both Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan on loan through the end of the season, and then likely sell both players in the summer.
There will be increasing reports about players Newcastle could be interested in next month, but only Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew know exactly who the targets are.
But this lad looks a decent enough players and can score a goal or two.
Here’s some video of the player.
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