The Mail is reporting that Tottenham are keen on signing 22 year-old Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez, who Newcastle signed only a year ago for around £1.4M from Tenerife, and the money Tottenham are supposed to be willing to pay out is a staggering £15M.
Ayoze Perez – Tottenham bid £15M?
The report says it is not known what Newcastle’s reaction will be to a £15M bid for their young striker – but it’s very late in the transfer window, and Newcastle may not be able to get in a replacement – and why sell Perez in any case?
The news is that Tottenham contacted Newcastle over the weekend, and told the Magpies of their intention to bid big for the 22 year-old Spaniard, and maybe that’s why, out of the blue, we seem to be linked with Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who we were after last summer.
There’s no saying whether the Mail report is accurate, and it’s not unusual for these reports to come out close to the end of a transfer window, but the Mail is reporting Spurs think they can persuade the Spanish youngster to move to London.
Ayoze was a big success last season on Tyneside, and scored 7 goals in 39 appearances for Newcastle, and he has looked good and sharp this season – and seems to be improving even over last season.
Newcastle would lose some credibility if we do sell Perez and don’t have time to replace him.
What we should be doing now is building up a good side – a good squad – and money from the Premier League will be rising next year when it increases by another 70% in the new three year deal – so there will be lots of money available for clubs who stay in the Premier League.
Newcastle got close to £80M from the PL last year for finishing 15th – and next season if we finish 10th we’d get close to £135M with the new three year deal – so making money on players becomes less necessary.
And what’s not so available are excellent young prospects like Perez, who will only get better, and he is also very happy at Newcastle, and the club gave him his big chance last year, and beat out clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona to his signature.
He chose Newcastle because he wanted to play first team games – and it’s not clear he would get many of those at White Hart Lane.
This could just be a made-up story – since things were expected to be quiet at Newcastle through tomorrow night – but if it’s true it’s a real test of Mike Ashley.
And if the bid comes in we’ll see if Mike Ashley still values money over the playing squad.
Money shouldn’t be everything at Newcastle if we really want to win a trophy.
If this story has not truth to it, we wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle release a statement to that effect.
What do you think?