Newcastle Linked With Venezuelan International Defender

News today that Newcastle are considering a bid for 31 year-old Fulham center-back Fernando Amorebieta.

We have also been linked today with 23 year-old Swedish U21 center-back Filip Helander from Italian club Hellas Verona – so it seems that Rafa is busy trying to bolster the central defense at the club – maybe because he’s having trouble getting Grant Hanley in from Blackburn Rovers?

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Fernando Amorebieta – 31 year-old Fulham defender

One of the advantages with Amorebieta, who is a Venezuelan International (15 caps), is his versatility and as well as playing in central defense he can also play at left-back.

He’s been at Fulham for three years since signing on from Athletic Bilbao back in 2013 – and he has made 48 appearances with 2 goals and 3 assists for the Craven Cottage club.

Amorebieta is tall at 6ft 3ins and it seems Rafa is looking for height at the back of the Newcastle defense.

The 31 year-old has had two loan spells at Middlesbrough – the first being from March of last year and then last season he was on loan at the Smoggies for the whole season.

In total he has made 21 appearances for Middlesbrough so he was not a regular starter for the north-east club.

Amorebieta made his senior debut for Venezuela back in September, 2011 in a friendly with Argentina, in a 1-0 defeat.

He was included in Venezuela’s squad for the 2015 Copa America last year and he managed to get himself sent off in the team’s 0–1 loss to Peru in the group stage and he has since decided to retire from international football – last November.

He seems a strange choice if Rafa is indeed interested in him, but Fernando did play in Spain until 2013 so perhaps Rafa is well aware of him because of that.

He has only one year left on his contract at Fulham so could be picked up for a modest transfer fee.

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