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Newcastle After In-Demand Spanish Striker

9:24 am, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

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.

nano tenerife

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.

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

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:28 AM


    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.

  • 2 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    That should get some hits !

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    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.

  • 4 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    a Palace fans view of Bamford

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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

  • 6 firebug666 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    From Previous


    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.

  • 7 firebug666 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM


    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.

  • 8 j.tudor // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    trouble maker and he does not play footy

  • 9 WWSBRD // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    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

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    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.

  • 11 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    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.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:47 AM


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

  • 13 firebug666 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    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?

  • 14 hibbitt // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:51 AM

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

  • 15 firebug666 // Jun 7, 2016 at 9:56 AM


    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?

  • 16 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    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!!!!

  • 17 WWSBRD // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    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

  • 18 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    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.

  • 19 firebug666 // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:13 AM


    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.

  • 20 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:18 AM


    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.

  • 21 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    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!!!

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    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.

  • 23 WWSBRD // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    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

    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

  • 24 The next Mike Williamson // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    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.

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    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)

  • 26 davis_toons // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    “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.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    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. 😉

  • 28 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:43 AM

  • 29 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    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.

  • 30 davis_toons // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    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.

  • 31 Jib // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

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

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM


    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.

  • 33 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    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! 😉

  • 34 ravz09 // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM

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

  • 35 SPRINGY // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    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.

  • 36 Spoof // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    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 !

  • 37 SPRINGY // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    this site must be wrong mate,if what you say is true.

  • 38 Spoof // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM


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

  • 39 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    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!!

  • 40 SPRINGY // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:16 AM

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

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Is Aarons out of contract ? Pretty sure we had a chance to activate a 1 year extension last season ?

  • 42 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    You have to give Armstrong his chance. He got 20+ goals in the league below at 18.

    Think he’ll storm the Championship like he did League 1 when Coventry had a good side and was creating chances. We should be more dominant than Coventry ever were in that league. It’ll be even more apparent for us in the Championship that he’s got what it takes and he’s definitely preferable over the likes of Bamford.

    More lively than all our current STs, zippier, way better finisher and more imaginative. Given a vote of confidence by Rafa, playing in front of 50000 of his kin in a winning team will only serve to elevate him further.

    There, more bold predictions for the weasel Jib to archive.

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    If we sign a striker, then imo he has to be a better finisher than Mitro or Perez, and has to have been doing it recently. Bamford hasn’t been. Ross McC is a bit pricey imo, but has been scoring. So either him or someone like him with mitro (when available) and perez and arma backing them up would be a strong forward line going in to next season. The rest of any money we have should go on shoring up that defence.

  • 44 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Don’t see how Armstrong is any more of risk than Mitro, Cisse or Riviere.

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Aarons and Woodman have another year to run on their contracts. Confirmed by the club to the Shields Gazette – apparently.

  • 46 Hail Wor Ashley // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Go the whole hog and give him the no9!

  • 47 Sazzer // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Moussa Sissoko says he wants to quit Newcastle following the club’s relegation from the Premier League in an interview with Foot Mercato

  • 48 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Arma is the future. Better than anything we have now by a distance. Rafa knows his stuff, so Arma will be ahead of any of our current players in the pecking order. A lack of goals cost us dearly last season and one thing Arma doesn’t lack is goals. He’s scored at every level he’s played at, if you discount his pointless cameos under Pards and carver. He’ll do the same in the Championship and be ready for the PL next time around. Why step backwards when he’s the way forward?

  • 49 Spoof // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    I’m not sure Springy but as we have both said it could be a chance for him, I’m all for giving kids a chance but I’m not sure if Arma will make it, yes he was great last season in league one but I did see bits and pieces from that league and it was dreadful, the defending was diabolical and in all honesty I don’t view what he did as being a marker which shows he has the ability to do it at a higher level, league one could prove to be his standard, however weren’t the Spurs fans saying exactly the same about Harry Kane and look at him now, so we should have a look at the start of this coming season.

    In our first team he has shown nothing at all, there has been nothing to suggest that he has got what it takes to go to the top, granted he hasn’t had a run in the side but even so he should have at least shown something, Aarons hasn’t had thast many chances either but he has shown enough to suggest that he will make it, Armstrong hasn’t as yet shown that at first team level, but hopefully he will prove me wrong.

  • 50 Bobbybee // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Springy, i think that was posted before we activated their extension options.

  • 51 Spoof // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Mister Tuff

    that is a bonus as I was nearly sure that Arrons contract was up this summer, mind I really do hope that they get a new contract sorted for him, if he gets his body sorted and can keep fit then I can see this lad being a really top class player, he really does stink to the high heavens with class.

  • 52 Graeme // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Our Illustrious Leader fronts up with Bullshit Bishop to hold his hand!!

  • 53 msk21dec // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Mike ashley live on bbc 2 now looks pissed off

  • 54 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Moussa chatting about leaving again! In todays market we have got to be holding out for at least 20 million if he wants to go hes premiership ready and we are getting quoted 15 million for players who have never even played in the league !!

  • 55 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Mr Tubbs seems to be holding up quite well at the moment.

  • 56 Sazzer // Jun 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    Here’s is the interview:

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Get Sissoko out asap – just confirms what most thought about him.

  • 58 expatmag // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Him and Gini can sod off when someone coughs up 20 million quid each.

    Until then……..

  • 59 Spoof // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    You don’t always get what you want in life and Rafa has in the past made a player stay at a club when the player obviously wanted to go, Sissoko is under contract until 2019 so if Rafa says he stay’s then he stay’s, as I said, he has done that before !

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Mr Tubbs admitting that if their tannoy system was being abused they deserve the cane.
    Wow man after my own heart – good thrashing with my jacksie thwacking cane – good stuff.

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Chronical site have mashley live now

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    The only person that ever talks about Sissoko being wanted by Arsenal (and by Chelsea last season) is Sissoko. He would be no more than bench fodder at Arsenal.

    Still, it will be one of the plus points of relegation if I don’t have to ever watch Sissoko half arse his way through another season at NUFC ever again. Ship him out pronto, although he might get a bit of a shock when he realises the love of his life don’t actually want him.

  • 63 hibbitt // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    some club has to want them first NO bids yet

  • 64 SPRINGY // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    well hopefully aarons does have another year and he shows a positive attitude,cant say i’ve seen much of that towards the end of the season bar the spurs game…has armstrong ever played up front for us?…i remember him coming on under pardew i believe but was out wide or something like a midfield role…cant say i seen him up front tbh.
    as for sissoko,its laughable to think he’s good enough to be a regular starter for a team like arsenal on his performances for us….get as much money as we can and get rid…..he’ll end up another debuchy,or cabaye sitting on his arse watching better players then him playing in his position….oh whilst picking up a massive wage like!.

  • 65 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    “What can I do about the way employees act outside the place of work”…

    Considdering the conditions you offer only attract scrotes, because it’s the only work they can get!! If you had better conditions you would have a better class of people who dont act like tw@ts working there.

  • 66 Sazzer // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Some live action with Mike Ashley:

  • 67 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    So. On the surface it looks like he has employed the wrong people at SD to do things, same as at NUFC. Sexual Harrasment happens in all big businesses, but he should have people at SD who try to prevent it. But HE KEEPS EMPLOYING KNACKERS.

  • 68 cyprus // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Sissoko was made captain by Rafa, which must mean he appreciated his quality. He isn’t that amazing, but he was among our best players, which says a lot. As that, his desire to go, given his ambition, is a logical one.

    On the Andros argument, I hope he stays. I wanted him to come, want him to stay. Now Jonjo, I didn’t want to come, unlike most fans. Get rid, free up salaries for 2 players.

  • 69 Sazzer // Jun 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Here is a better live stream:

  • 70 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    I fully expect Rafa to let any want away player know that they’ll only be going if a fair offer is received. 40 million for Janmaat, Sissoko, and Widjnaldum.

    These problems are the clubs doing though. If we’d had better coach in earlier, and two or three better players in key positions, which of course we could have had, and should have had, no one would be agitating to leave.

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