Newcastle were reported to be interested in Sporting Lisbon striker/winger Andre Carrillo last month, but as we know Newcastle didn’t bring in any players in January, and with the terrible news yesterday that Siem de Jong has suffered a second collapsed lung in 18 months (he will probably now be out for the rest of the season), Newcastle are going to be two strikers short through the rest of this season.
Andre Carrillo – Newcastle interested
In January, Sporting Lisbon were pushing for a fee of around £8M for the 23 year-old, but with only eighteen months left on his contract in Lisbon, Newcastle balked at that figure.
And Sporting Lisbon are trying to get their winger/striker to sign a new deal at the club, and there are reports coming out of Portugal that Newcastle are watching the contract situation closely,
If the player doesn’t sign a new deal, Newcastle would be very interested in signing the player in the summer.
The report is in O Jogo and that’s the same source that reported last month that Newcastle were interested in signing the player – but of course only if Newcastle could get a good deal.
As is common in South America, the player has multiple owners, and Sporting Lisbon are said to own only about 30% of the player (some reports say 50%), which is one reason they would want an exorbitant fee for him, but they will not get from Newcastle.
Newcastle are always interested in players who are available as free agents,and to years before a player’s contract runs out, they keep tabs on the contract situation.
Andre started his senior career back in 2009 with Peruvian side Alianza Lima, and he played 20 games for Alianza with 3 goals and 2 assists before moving to Lisbon.
In March of 2011 Carrillo made his debut for Peru and so far he has 21 caps with one goal for his country.
He has played 138 times for Sporting Lisbon with 15 goals and 30 assists.
We expect at the very least for Newcastle to sign a top striker and a top center-back in the summer to strengthen the squad, and certainly Newcastle have the money, if only we can get Mike Ashley to spend some of it.
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