Newcastle’s First Summer Signing Almost Tied Up

There’s some confusion as to whether 20 year-old Spanish striker Ayoze Perez is on Tyneside at the moment, but the Spanish press this morning seem to think it’s already a done deal with various reports out today.

Ayoze Pérez

Ayoze Perez – imminent signing

It seems the youngster has a €2M (£1.6M) release clause in his contract, and Newcastle are willing to pay that, even though he will be one for the future,  and will probably be in the Newcastle Development squad next season.

That’s being confirmed today in a number of Spanish newspapers, and they seem to think it’s already a done deal, and that the deal could even be announced today – so that’s at least consistent with some of yesterday’s reporting in the UK.

The news yesterday was that the youngster was already on Tyneside getting his medical, and that terms had already been agreed – which is usually the case before any medical is taken.

And Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, on his Twitter site – tweeted this:

“Ayoze Perez close to sign for Newcastle. Refused FC Porto.”

He could even be right about that.

But the Chronicle and other local papers are also reporting that Newcastle are playing down yesterday’s news, but if a signing is imminent,  that’s usually what they say – so as not to alert other potential interested parties, until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered.

And if we were to read the tea leaves carefully this morning – it seems that Perez could be our first summer signing – and maybe even completed today.

And it could be that we first heard of this player, during our mid-winter break in Tenerife a couple of years ago.

Perez had a good season in the Spanish second division last season, and scored a good 13 goals in 33 appearances for his club, and he can improve big time on Tyneside, with the right coaching – that’s the idea.

He would be a very decent first signing this summer.

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