Newcastle After Mexican International Box-To-Box Midfielder


There is a report in the Portuguese media outlet A Bola that Newcastle United scouts were again watching Porto last night.

Porto won  1-0 over SC Braga although it hasn’t been clear which player or players Newcastle have been watching – but obviously Rafa is having his scouts watch a specific Porto player.

Newcastle have been represented at Porto matches several times of late and A Bola are suggesting the player interesting the Newcastle manager could well be Hector Herrera, the 26 year old 48 times capped Mexican International midfielder.

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Hector Herrera 26 year-old Mexican International box to box midfielder

That’s because Rafa Benitez has been linked with this player for over three years now and when he was managing Napoli from 2013-2015 there was constant media speculation that Rafa wanted the classic box-to-box midfielder at the Italian club.

At that time Napoli scouts were regularly seen at Port matches – with Herrera being at Porto since 2013 after joining them from Mexican club C.F. Pachuca.

The news is that he has a release clause in his contract of €40M (£33.5M).

It seems that the player is being watched as a possible summer transfer for the Magpies and it is an area of the team we need to improve, so it seems to make sense.

The Mexican gained his first full cap back in 2012, and won the Olympic gold medal in that year’s Olympic football tournament in London.

He was also part of the Mexico side that won the 2015 Gold Cup, and he represented his country two years ago at the 2014 World Cup.

In 2014, The Guardian listed him as one of 100 best footballers in the world.

Herrera was named the Porto captain last season and since 2013 he has made 121 appearances with 20 goals and 22 assists for Porto.

From what we can tell he looks a (very) good player who Newcastle will be willing to go to at least £20M to sign this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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28 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Klopp seems like a top bloke like!

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    WW from last

    I agree. He’s got ample time to be a manager so why not stay and learn from one of the best around.

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    He was also part of the Mexico side that won the 2015 Gold Cup
    So he’s good over the jumps at Newbury as well !

    😀

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  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail for Ashley
    only 2 moans from me
    i think the cup was a distraction we could have done without for this season
    Promotion should be our only goal
    other than that i’m very happy going to every home game and it’s been a long time since i could say that
    ……………….. apart from the Blackburn game that is

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #5

    AC
    I can only think arrogance for him leaving but I dont know him

    To be brutal if he leaves I expect him to disappear and not be heard of again

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    hibbit,
    Aye, like I said, in hindsight a heavily rotated squad against Hull would have been better but who knows what might have happened even with a full team against Blackburn, it might have been fated to be one of those days, people have been screaming for Mitro and they got him.

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Gareth Barry: “football’s version of Keith Richards”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    How on earth did Rojo get away with that.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    The Mexican guy has a £33.5million release clause and is 33 years old.
    Get real.
    We’ve got more chance of signing Speedy Gonzales , but wait we don’t need anymore speedy wingers.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Apologies.
    Herrera is 26.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Wow Wat a shocker of a tackle the refs aren’t much better in this league wtf was the linesman doing he must have had a clear sight of it

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  • hibbit

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #12

    the truth is no one has a clue who we are after so they just come up with these ridiculous stories

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  • Belfast

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13

    You’d say that was a 50/50 if it was Mitrovic Manxpie hehe

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  • Belfast

    Dec 4, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    And ya know it.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib will be doing a Google search as we speak trying to find out who Speedy Gonzales plays for.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Little naughty that by ibro….wonder if he gets pulled later in the week.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Nah not quite Belfast but if it was mitro he would have got a red and an outcry for him to be banned for 3 years!

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Everyone knows Speedy Gonzales played for Brazil United before he signed for Real Vallecano
    😀

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Was it Coleman that the Swede fell on ?

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    This match is very niggly – methinks it will not end up with 22 players on the pitch.

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Haha fellaini. What a knobber.

    How much was he again? £28m? Makes it even worse lol.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib @18 ha ha fair enough 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think Mourinho moved off that seat all game? Haha

    Must have something to do with the ban he got – Sit down protest.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    It looked like a dive to me for the pen. He was certainly looking for it anyway.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope Lansbury was watching that match and how guaye reacted to a shocker of a challenge all the more laughable and embarrassing

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 4, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Dunno if anyone is watching the post match analysis but what Neville said about goalkeepers is exactly why I advocate Sels being on the bench

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  • Jib

    Dec 4, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    The game at the Estádio do Dragão (between Porto and Braga) was watched by half of Europe, and the world. There were even observers from China and Qatar to watch the match between FC Porto and SC Braga.

    At the end of the day, there were 33 clubs that requested accreditation to attend and watch the game at Dragon Stadium.

    List of observers: Arsenal, Atalanta, Apollon, Beijing Goan, Betis, Carpi, Chongqing Lifan, Chievo, Verona, Celta de Vigo, Cologne, Gijón, Bordeaux, Le Havre AC, Liverpool, Lorient, Lille, Lens, Malaga, Manchester United , Monaco, Newcastle, PSV Eindhoven, Al Rayyan, Real Sociedad, Southampton, Hoffenheim, Toulouse, Tenerife, Valencia, Werder Bremen and Zimbru.

    And from all this the newspaper A Bola (a sort of Portuguese poor man’s Sun ) deduced NUFC were after Hector Herrera !

    http://desporto.sapo.pt/futebol/primeira_liga/artigo/2016/12/04/33-clubes-observaram-no-dragao

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 4, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    and i thought a bola was a virus

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