Newcastle After In-Demand Spanish Striker


We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Rafa Benitez brings a few Spanish players to Newcastle this summer and we have already been linked with two Spanish players – Alvaro Arbeloa of Real Madrid and Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough.

And there are reports in the Spanish media today that Newcastle are now interested in signing 21 year-old Tenerife striker Nano – full name Alexander Mesa Travieso.

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Nano – Tenerife 21 year-old striker

The 5ft 10ins tall Nano scored 14 goals in 35 total appearances for Tenerife in the second division of the Spanish League last season – and those stats are not unlike those of Ayoze Perez, before we signed him for €2M two years ago.

It seems as though Nano wants to leave his home town club this summer, a club which he joined as an 11 year-old ten years ago – and came through their Youth Academy.

And like Ayoze Perez before him it’s not too surprising that a number of Spanish clubs are interested in the striker.

In January 2014 he made his first team debut for Tenerife coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 home defeat by AD Alcorcon.

Nano’s contract at Tenerife runs for another two years but is has a release clause of €3M, just a little more than Newcastle paid to get Perez on Tyneside, so for that money Nano could be a bargain buy for Newcastle – if Rafa Benitez rates him.

If this interest by Newcastle is real – Real Betis and Deportivo are two of the Spanish clubs said to be interested – it could be a draw for the 21 year-old to play for one of Spain’s best managers at Newcastle – and especially since his former team-mate Ayoze Perez is on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Jib.

    As a rugby man first, I know all about Cipriani, and what a total and utter Ar$e helmet he is. If Bamford is comparable in any way to that attitude, he can sod off.

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  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    That should get some hits !
    😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Id like a quid for everytime, when cipriani is mentioned in this way in rugby chats, someone says “ah, but you forget his debut when he took ireland appart”. No, I didnt. Its just he has done fcuk all since and is also a complete knacker.

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  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4
  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Might be tough to draw this lad. Perez was easier as we were a prem side. Not impossible, though.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    From Previous

    YCMIU

    Bas Dost has been put on the back burner until mid June, when he returns from holiday he will link himself no doubt.

    The gutter press are thinking in terms of us being in the championship, and it’s difficult for them to link believable players to us at the moment. I guess if we had stayed up we would have a lot more stories by now on the 40,000 players that would have been linked to us. ?

    Anyway as we are such a good country for tax avoidance Messi will be joining us soon.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    WWSBRD

    Bamford we would either have to buy, or pay a loan fee for plus wages, ergo a risk. Armstrong is already ours and imo is ready to make the step up. Both are a risk, but we already own one of them.

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  • j.tudor

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    trouble maker and he does not play footy

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    firebug
    Ownership risk? Well ok then but Bamford can do it in the Championship and was wanted by PL clubs last season whereas Armstrong scored goals in league 1(I think?). Plus Bamford comes from Chelsea’s set up and Armstrong comes from ours, I’d say risk wise Chelsea’s has more pedigree than ours

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Sign Nano. It should then be easy to find players called Pico, Giga, Peta and milli. Add that to the fact that Mitro is almost Micro, and we would have a line up of prefered engineering measurement prefixes.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib, as i thought – not very likeable! 😉 I had to smile though when the fan described Palace as a team pushing for Europe. Bless. Naw, Arma’s ready and has got to be given the chance or what’s the point in the Academy? His goals are so well taken, ut’s clear he would score in any league, given the chance. By that, I mean not sticking him up front and hoofing long high balls towards him and his 6’5″ marker! I have every confidence that Rafa will see what he’s got there and utilise him. Shame he won’t have a full pre season, but the U19 tournament will sharpen him up. Enough to show Rafa what ge can do.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Firebug

    So should i wait until july before i stand at the aiport collection point with a sign that says “DOST, BAS”?

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  • firebug666

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    WWSBRD

    But there are other factors you have to take into account, will he fit in with our style of play? Will he fit in with the squad? can he play upfront on his own in a 4-2-3-1 formation?

    Armstrong already has a bond with the squad, and yes he played in league 1 and did very well, a natural progression would be to try him in the championship, so why not with his own club where he knows everyone and they know him.

    Bamford may or may not fit in with us, he may score a load of goal, but then again he may not, is that a risk worth taking?

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  • hibbitt

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    paper talk …………….they don’t have a clue so they make it up

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  • firebug666

    Jun 7, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    YCMIU

    Yep that would be the prudent move.

    So if we sign this Nano, do we then follow in Mork’s style when he scores by grabbing our ears and shouting Nano Nanoooo?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Bloody warm in the TOON

    Has anyone started a transferometer to see how many players we have been linked to since Benitez signed his contract

    Must be twenty at least!!!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    firebug
    Well does Armstrong fit in our 11? Will he be able to lead the line in a 4231? I doubt it

    As for bonds with the team…does he? He won’t of trained with the first team that often and he’s yet to train under the new coaching set up. Am not sure a natural progression would be trading league 1 for top of the championship (if we’d of stayed up he wouldn’t of been loaned to a top championship team, well I certainly don’t think he would of been)

    We need a striker though and Bamford has done it on the league before

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    WWSBRD, have you seen the kid play? His goals are so well taken and his skill and movement off the ball marks him out as something exceptional. Just because he came from our Academy and not Chelsea’s has zero bearing on his ability. Go onto you tube and check out his goals last season. Then check out his England goals – 20 from 25 appearances. I haven’t raved about any of our Academy lads this much since Gazza and he turned out ok. Just look at his running the channels and finishing power. This lad is going right to the top and we can’t afford to let him do that anywhere else. He won’t let anybody down, trust me.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    WWSBRD

    Well I guess we have to agree to disagree mate, I think Armstrong is ready, and will do a great job for us, not forgetting the other strikers we have too.

    Bamford I think would be too big a risk to the squad (re-: his behaviour as mentioned) and expensive. Just my opinion like.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Wws

    But what, then, do we do with Arma? The choice is limited to either keeping him well down the pecking order (probably unfair). Loaning him back to a league 1 club (i think he has progressed past that) or loaning him to a ‘lower’ champs club….now this presents a big problem if he starts banging in goals for whoever that is, and makes them an extra rival. It would be made even worse if our gamble on Bamford did not work out. I just think it’s safer (and cheaper) to take the risk on a player who already knows the club.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Cant believe someone on the previous page has said that Bamford was pardewed!!! FFS let it go, man. Citing the part where long balls over his head were not his fault, but ignoring the part that says, when balls were played in to him, he couldn’t trap a bag of cement!!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    YCMIU, it’s not even a risk matey. He’s gonna tear the Championship up and then slip seamlessly into the PL. He’s a natural goalscorer and they are few and far between.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Bobby
    I have seen him play. And howay YouTube videos as evidence? I can show u thousands of Sunday leaguers who look like Messi on YouTube videos

    As for academies it does have an impact on their ability otherwise why would teams have them? All the natural ability in the world means little without training. As I’ve said to u before I heard all this window dressing about Campbell

    firebug
    Armstrong may come good but going into next season relying on him to fire us up isn’t for me, u meantion other strikers but Cisse will likely leave, Perez was crap last season and may well leave, Mitro is making eyes at other clubs and Rivi isn’t a striker

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    If Bamford is clever and posh Pardew would have hated that. It wouldn’t fit in with his almost crazy gang managerial style. Benitez however won’t be scared of intelligence. The lads been pardewed, and ignored as most young players are. he could yet recover.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    YCMIU
    Why is it unfair to have him down the pecking order? He scored goals in league 1 not the champions league mate haha

    If we can get some proven strikers loan him out to Scotland or a low Championship team with a recall clause

    (Btw am not saying Bamford is the answer)

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    “Shelvey showed flashes but ultimately failed in a struggling side”

    why don’t we put it this way..if he is good enough why cant he be pick to play? (players needs to settle, we shall give him the time to blend in)

    what about his liverpool days? .. forget that, maybe he was still young.. maybe..

    ..but the competition was among..the “lazy Sissoko”, the “wanted away cheick tiote”, the “never turnup on away Gini” and jack of all master of non-colback”

    ..well ..only time given can prove himself. I hope he grab it. Best time to pick it up all over again and under a prestige manager. No more nonsense to our well top paid “youth” star to justified his wages.

    tbh..he is just another obertan, that will never be filled with confidence, another ben arfa that will never fulfilled people’s expectation of a top quality winger. Another kieron dyer that never stop getting long injuries.

    These talented players are who they are.
    They are not somebody else that can show consistency at the very top level of the game because they are already playing at their very best. They will break down if being forced to perform for every match.

    Showing flashes is already the best Shelvey can do. Just hoping he can do it more often..that’s about it.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    WWSBRD, i’d love to see any video where a sunday league player looks like messi. It’s the goals. Look how he takes them. Look at his movement to lose defenders. He scores from anywhere on the pitch to boot. Not sure where you’ve seen him play, but i personally have watched him progress through the Academy and U21’s and can’t imagine anybody who’s been to those games doubting his ability. Still, your opinion is yours and i respect that. Check out those vids though, just to see his movement and finishing power. Awesome. 😉

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Shelvey just needs to get in elite athlete shape. The guy is 6ft+ and has a slight pot-belly and terrible stamina at age 22 when he should be fit as can be, especially as a PL footballer with all those resources at his his disposal. Always a mystery to me why more footballers aren’t driven to get into top shape like Cristiano Ronaldo, will only benefit their health, performance and therefore career.

    Anyway, the Rafalution is slow in starting. 3 weeks until training begins and no notable movement aside from Taylor’s confirmed departure.

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  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    i hope Sissoko stay..he is such an engine we cannot do without.

    Together with Jonas the workhorse at least we manage to stay previously..

    With Rafa this time, get in another strong player we should be ok.

    And give that man a New Contract to Tied His Heart And Mind.

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  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Bobby
    He means there’s a Youtube vid of a Sunday League player refusing to pay his taxes !
    😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Wws

    It would be unfair to have him too far down, though. He would need to be on the bench for most of the games, otherwise theres no point in having him. Scotland is an option i suppose, so thats fair enough, but i’d still prefer to give him his chance.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Jib, 😉 nice one! From your link it looks like Andros will be wearing the black and white again next season. I thought he wanted to stay and he clearly has a good relationship with Rafa, but that link pretty much confirms it – providing it’s true of course. Bit of a kick in the nuts for Palace like! 😉

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  • ravz09

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Woodman and aaron’s contract expire in june 2017 hence not being mentioned in the retain list!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #35

    morning all
    we might see arma get his chance at the start of this season coming as mitro out for 4 games im led to believe,so whether its arma ,perez or other they have the chance to cement there place as it will take mitro a further 2-3 games to get his sharpness back,so thats 6-7 games at the start of the season to impress.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s a difficult call with Armstrong, yes he has done it in league one but can he do it in the Championship and then hopefully the PL next season, only one way to find out I suppose and thats to give him a chance, but to have him as your first choice is very risky bordering fool hardy, if we do keep him surely it can only be as a squad player.

    I’m not sure how many games we have before the transfer window shuts and with Mitro being suspended for the first four games it could be worth seeing how he does early in the season with the transfer window still offering us and himself a get out option !

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    ravz09
    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/rolando-aarons/profil/spieler/258188
    this site must be wrong mate,if what you say is true.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    SPRINGY

    you beat me to it !!!!!!!!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39

    I can see Armstrong being used off the bench a lot by Benitez this season he always likes to have options when the game opens up in the 2nd half

    Its looking like the going rate for a top level performer in the Championship will be about 10 or 15 million this summer we might need to just bite the bullet and get a few of them and if they are good enough to play in the premiership fair enough but I could see us making our money back on most of them as other teams will want them the following season!!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #40

    haha sorry spoof mate!lol
    isnt it the 1st or 2nd of sept the transfer cut off?

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