It’s difficult to know if 22 year-old Malaga striker Juanmi was one of Newcastle’s top striker targets – since we seem to have already put in bids for both Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost (£9M is the reported bid) and also of course for Charlie Austin, who seems to be our number one target.
Juanmi – looks like Southampton will sign him
There is news today that Southampton are expecting to sign Juanmi,and they have agreed to pay out the €7M (about £5M in today’s exchange rate) release clause in his contract, and personal terms have also been agreed.
It will not be the first time the Saints have beaten Newcastle to one of our targets, since last summer they brought in Atletico Madrid center-back Toby Alderweireld for a season long loan spell.
We could really have used Toby last season, since we were really short of good experienced center-backs.
Juanmi was capped for the first time for Span in March, and he reminds us quite a bit about Ayoze Perez – a small Spanish forward who can play up front as an out-and-out striker or out on the wing.
Ayoze is actually 4 inches taller than Juanmi so he’s not exactly little and he built himself up well last season, so the likeness between the two players’ styles may be why Newcastle didn’t go all out to get Juanmi.
Of course we still are in with a decent chance of getting both Dos and Austin to Tyneside, and those two would be great signings for Newcastle.
I noticed a comment or two about why all this stuff about transfers going on now, when the window doesn’t officially open until July 1st.
Deals are agreed now, and then they are signed on July 1st and made official.
In fact Davide Santon is still officially our player until June 30th, with a deal already being agreed with Inter-Milan for his transfer.