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Newcastle Interested In Yet Another International Striker

10:25 pm, Thursday, June 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

If the news is to be believed over the last day or two, Newcastle have moved in for several of our top targets – and while some of the reports will be false,  Newcastle do need to now move quickly to get some new players into the club.

Juanmi Jimenez

22 year-old Juanmi – in action for Malaga

Newcastle have been interested in 22 year-old Malaga striker Juanmi all this year, and he recently made his debut for the full Spanish side.

There is news that Juanmi’s agent is now in England seeking a deal for his client, but it’s not known if clubs other than Newcastle are interested in the youngster,  who scored eight goals in 32 appearances for Malaga last term.

Jimenez has come through Malaga’s Youth Academy and he made his first-team debut back in January 2010 in a Copa del Rey away match against Getafe CF, and he scored in a 5-1 defeat for Malaga, and he was only 16 years old.

In September of the same year 17-year-old Juanmi started at Real Zaragoza, and scored two goals to become the youngest player to score two goals in one game in the Spanish League.

Juanmi has played for the Spanish U17, U18 and U19 sides and he was in the Spanish side that won two consecutive UEFA European U-19 Championships, scoring two goals in the 2011 tournament in Romania.

In March he was called up to the senior Spanish national team for the first time by coach Vicente del Bosque, after Diego Costa had to withdraw with a hamstring injury.

The youngster was on the bench in Spain’s 1-0 home win over Ukraine on March 28th in a qualifier for Euro 2016, and then made his debut in the 2-0 defeat against Holland in Amsterdam three days later.

He has now played 93 times for Malaga with 20 goals and 6 assists and that’s a good record for one so young.

Newcastle seem to have a number of strikers on their list including Charlie Austin of QPR, Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford, West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost – and the news is that we are trying to bring in two of them.

Charlie Austin seems to be our number one target, and who is next in priority on the list is a good question – but any one of the reaming four – including young Juanmi would appear to be good acquisitions for the club.

Newcastle may even bring one of the strikers in on loan for the season.

Juanmi has a release clause in his contracts which is said to be around £5M – so he would come fairly cheap given the potential of the Spanish youngster.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Repost: Back of tomorrows Mirror is saying Austin deal is done and Berahino is next!!!

  • 2 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Not sure on this one tbh

  • 3 beermonkey // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM


    u think that’s an exclusive as part of our media deal with them and sky

    or just paper bs

  • 4 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    hmm not sure Beer but I wouldn’t think The Mirror would want to spoil the relationship with lies

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    This is back page

  • 6 beermonkey // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:35 PM


    well they will look tits if we don’t sign him

    I will believe it when I see him in the shirt

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Best way I suppose Beer, Asutin in shirt!

  • 8 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    All press lie thats how they sell papers

  • 9 beermonkey // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:42 PM


    if we buy Austin I cant see us paying out for Berahino as well pulis wanted to flog him in jan to fund purchases I from what I read not sure what they want for him

  • 10 Mr Magpie // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    We have some quality players already in the squad it’s just that under the previous coaching they have regressed & lost some confidence.

    If Mcclaren can get the likes of De Jong, Cabella, Tiote, Anita etc playing like they were when we brought them in whilst also improving the likes of Dummett, Haidara, Abeid, Aarons, Perez, Kemen etc .
    Then finally integrating some quality new signings into the team i think we could have a very good season.

    A major review of training methods, fitness & injury issues & some coaching of the players to get them playing as a team instead of individuals is obviously also needed.

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    True Beer

  • 12 JamesToon // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Fingers crossed the Austin story is true. If the club really want to be ambitious, go and sign both Austin AND Berahino.

  • 13 JamesToon // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Luke Garbutt MOTM for England u21s tonight, get him signed up on a free and try and hijack villa’s Richards deal

  • 14 tartangeordie // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    What is wrong with people? I understand the cynicism behind the regime. Football has been awful. The mag are preaching about how patronising it is for mclaren to finish top 8 and to win a trophy. Yet only a couple of months ago they were quoting the lack of ambition ??? Give the man a chance. Let him see what he can deliver. After 10 matches I’ll agree but I take my boy as a season ticket holder and I want some hope. Join the wave of optimism and just ride it until you fall off. Until then shut up and back the club.

  • 15 croftus5678 // Jun 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    @14 tartan

    i agree.

    if we cry about something its got to be something worth crying about and if the club are shown to be acting to improve it we cant knock them for trying ! if they dont go ahead with it then fair enough but we have to atleast wait and see if they walk the walk.

  • 16 lesh // Jun 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM


    How you got tomorrow’s Mirror’s back page today?

    You must have friends in high places!


  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Lesh was on twitter and 101 goals

  • 18 midweek weekend // Jun 12, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Ok if we sign both of these it would be unbelievable, but it just has to be too good to be true I’d settle for either of em

  • 19 dannitoon // Jun 12, 2015 at 5:48 AM

    All this striker talk.. I won’t be happy if we end up with any else than Austin and Dost. .. talk of carroll returning must be a post April gag

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