It turns out that Newcastle watched Ayoze Perez for a year playing for Tenerife in the Spanish second division before going in for him and signing him for just £1.6M in the summer.
Ayoze Perez flicks the ball home quite brilliantly on Sunday
We knew both Barcelona and Real Madrid were in for him but it seems that Porto and Newcastle were the top two clubs for Perez, and of course he finally chose Newcastle United – and he looks a great buy for the club.
Other clubs interested included Arsenal, Everton, Shalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Marseilles, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, but it seems some were put off by Ayoze’s slight build, although he stands just under 5’11”.
This is what Alan Pardew has revealed about the signing:
“We scouted Perez all through the year at Tenerife, and he was being courted by some big clubs, in particular Porto, and they don’t sign anyone unless he’s a good player.
“I think he just loved the way we were determined to bring him here.”
A couple of weeks ago Perez won Best Breakthrough player and Best Attacking Midfielder in the Spanish second division, when he scored 16 goals in 34 appearances for Tenerife.
The youngster is happy, but admits things have happened very quickly – and he also talks about the old Andy Cole song that Newcastle fans sang with Ayoze name put to it on Sunday:
“Everything has happened very fast, from playing in the Spanish third division to having the pleasure to be here and play for Newcastle in the Premier League,” “It would be unfair to ask for more.”
“I listened to the song and my team mates explained the significance.” “It’s the same song they sung about Andy Cole. It was very important for me. It’s very nice.”
“It’s not often you score a goal like that.”
And Newcastle worked to bring his 23 year-old brother Samuel to Tyneside, and he is on the books of Blyth Spartans, and that will help both brothers a chance to settle quickly on Tyneside.
Ayoze can become a great player for Newcastle United – and sooner rather than later – because of the way he’s been playing lately and the class he has shown.
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