We reported a couple of days ago about an A Bola report in Portugal that Newcastle United were after box-to-box Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, but it was unclear whether it was for a summer move or a move next month.
There have been reports since that Rafa wants him for the January transfer window, but there are a couple of problems with that.
One is that there seems little chance of Porto wanting to let one of their very best players leave half-way through the season.
The second reason is that Herrera may not want to join second division club Newcastle, unless it’s absolutely certain we will be promoted in May back to the Premier League.
Hector Herrera – a Newcastle target
But it does make sense that Rafa is after the 48 times capped Mexican International since he was keen to get him to Napoli when he was manager there from 2013-2015.
And even after Rafa left Napoli, there were reports in the summer that Napoli had agreed terms with the 26 year-old Mexican, but nothing came of that.
We also don’t believe the deal would be out of line at Newcastle, because Rafa is going to have to bring some top players to Newcastle, if we are to become a team that can win trophies in the near future.
We are short of class and creativity in midfield and at the moment the only player who fits that category is Jonjo Shelvey – and it’s an area we need to strengthen.
Newcastle were also interested in 28 year-old Brentford playmaker Alan Judge, but it’s looking less likely Newcastle will make any move for him in January.
However, if he does make a comeback from his broken leg and plays well through the end of the season, Rafa could still make a move for him in the summer.
28 year-old Brentford playmaker Alan Judge
So these are two of the playmakers we are currently tracking and there will be a lot more competition for Herrera than for Alan Judge, whose contract at the Bees runs out next June.
Alan started his career at Blackburn and then left for a couple of years to join Notts County before returning to the Lancashire club in 2013, where he only stayed for six months before joining Brentford.
Alan stands around 5ft 7ins tall and in his two and a half years at the Bees he’s played 102 games with 24 goals and 31 assists.
While he was at Notts County for two years he played 111 games with 17 goals and 27 assists.
Hector Herrera gained his first full cap for Mexico back in 2012, and won the Olympic gold medal in the 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 Brazil.
The Guardian listed him as one of the 100 best footballers in the world in 2014.
If we could somehow get both Judge and Herrera to the club then with Jonjo Shelvey we would have a lot more class and creativity in central midfield.
They would certainly be two good players to bring into the squad, whether we can get them in January or in the summer.
What do you think?