Newcastle finally completed the transfer of 20 year-old Ayoze Perez late last week for £1.6M from Tenerife, and Sunderland’s Jack Colback is expected to be our second signing – and that could even be completed tomorrow.
Aleix Vidal – 24 year-old Almeria left winger
Jack is a free agent, and that will be a good deal for Newcastle, to get the Geordie lad on board at his home town club.
And maybe Newcastle will not stop at Perez in bringing in Spanish wingers this summer, and Newcastle have recently been linked with 24 year-old Almeria left-winger Aleix Vidal.
And with a number of wingers leaving Newcastle this summer – Jonas Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, are four who could be leaving, we will need to bring in replacements, and Alex seems to fit the bill.
Vidal joined Almeria from Mallorca three years ago, and has now played a total of 139 games for them with 19 goals and 14 assists, and last season he appeared 42 times with 7 goals and 5 assists.
And it’s not like he’s playing in a good team either as Almeria finished 4th bottom of La Liga last season, just a single point above 3rd bottom Osasuna, who were relegated.
With scoring goals a problem at Newcastle last season, it seems the club is looking for some goal scoring midfielders, as well as bringing in up to the new new strikers this summer, so Alex fits the bill there too.
The 24 year-old has attracted huge interest from Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa in England, as well as Newcastle, and his contract at Almeria still has another three years to run.
Everton seem to be the current favorites, and could be first to make a formal bid – expected to be around £6M.
If Everton are really interested in the player, it could be difficult to get him to Tyneside, but it seems Newcastle are widening their catchment area this summer, and want to bring in some British players, and also some from countries in Europe other than France.
We think Vidal could be a decent signing for Newcastle, but we’re not sure just how high up on the list he is at the Tyneside club.
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