The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle’s fourth signing of the season will be 31 year-old Jesus Gamez and we had a piece out this morning commenting on the Spanish report on Jesus potentially joining Benitez on Tyneside.
The deal is almost complete according to local reports and the 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back will be coming into the club imminently. with the next step being he will travel to Newcastle to have his medical and agree personal terms before signing on.
The club is hoping that will be within the nezt 24 hours.
Gamez in action last year against Ronaldo in a Madrid derby
Gamez is versatile and can play in either full-back position, and that’s exactly the type of player we need.
We think Gamez is being signed to strengthen the squad and increase competition and not simply as a replacement for Daryl Janmaat .
We hope Rafa Benitez will still keep the Dutch International right back on Tyneside.
Gamez joined Atletico Madrid only a couple of years ago from Malaga for £4M and he has played only 37 times for the Madrid team in that time period.
His contract runs out next summer, so it’s probably a good time to move on.
The other factor forcing the 31 year-old to move, as we reported this morning, is that Atletico have just signed 24 year-old Croatian International right-bank Sime Vrsaljko from Sassuolo and playing time will now be limited for the Spanish full-back.
Jesus was previously at Malaga from 2000 and in his time there the 6ft tall defender played 256 games for them with 21 assists.
The full-back has recently been interesting both Everton and West Ham United, but it appears that Benitez’s many Spanish connections mean Newcastle will land the Spanish U23 International.
The Chronicle is reporting Jesus will be traveling to Tyneside to undergo a medical and finalize the deal.
Sounds good to us – a classy fullback coming into Newcastle.