We had reported last weekend that Newcastle were interested in signing 28 year-old Catalan striker Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg, and there continue to be reports that Newcastle are indeed interested in signing the striker.
28 year-old Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg
And in the last two seasons, since he joined the Austrian club from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2012, he has scored an amazing 82 goals in just 96 appearances in all competitions.
Spanish-born Soriano joined Espanyol way back in 2002, and seven years later he moved to Barcelona, where he played mainly for the Barcelona B Reserve side – he made 47 appearances and 37 goals – and just once for the Barcelona first team.
So he has never really played at the top level in club football, although last season the 5’11″ tall Catalan striker finished top scorer in the Europa League, with 11 goals in just 9 games for the Austrian club.
He has played four times with one goal for Catalonia, and played for all the Spanish Youth sides with 4 appearances at the U21 level when he scored 8 goals.
He’s certainly prolific and in 25 total appearances for all the Spanish youth sides, he scored 28 goals.
The news of Newcastle’s interest was first reported in Football Direct News, and it was suggested by the Mike Ashley owned site, that he was a back-up for Bafe Gomis, and would be a top target only if Newcastle couldn’t get the deal done for the French free agent.
The Gomis saga is still ongoing after over a year, but we still have no idea if Newcastle are in the driver’s seat to get the French striker, who will turn 29 in August.
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