Newcastle United this season have been interested in 18 year-old Racing Santander forward David Concha, who has played for the Spanish U19 side, and has already visited St, James’ Park last year with a view to a move to Tyneside this summer.
David Concha – 18 year-old Spanish forward
David made his debut for Racing back in December of 2013 when he had only just turned 17, and he has played 37 times for the first team with six goals and four assists since then, and has been a regular this season.
Newcastle had wanted to complete the signing before the January transfer window closed, and we were to loan him straight back to Racing Santander for the rest of the season.
It would have been the same type of deal Newcastle made when we signed Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow last summer from Nottingham Forest, and loaned them straight back to Forest for the season.
Concha watched the Newcastle – Sunderland derby back on December 21st, which of course we lost through a late goal scored by Adam Johnson.
The deal is said to be set at around £2M, but the Chronicle is reporting that it’s now up to the 18 year-old as to whether he signs on for the Magpies.
David may not be playing first team football if he does sign, but will be encouraged by what happened last season to his countryman Ayoze Perez, who scored 7 Premier League goals in 38 appearances for the first team – after he was brought in for the development squad.
Newcastle also haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory since the deal was almost made in January, with a string of 8 successive league defeats, and we finished in the bottom six in the league for the second time in two years.
That could be a problem with our summer transfers – that we were almost relegated on the final day of the season – but that’s unlikely to be a problem with the younger players.
Newcastle were also interested in signing impressive 18 year-old center-back Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon in January, and will also be going after this youngster this summer.