Newcastle were reported to have made a bid in January for 23 year-old Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Appelt Pires, who joined the Spanish club Leganes from Juventus last August having spent the previous season on loan there.
When a permanent deal could not be made earlier this year Newcastle tried to arrange a half-season loan deal with an option to buy, but that also fell through.
The 23 year-old play-maker has been impressive at Leganes this season scoring five goals with one assist in 32 La Liga games.
It looks like Rafa still wants to sign the player as Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported in Marca today.
There are various tweets referring to Newcastle’s obvious interest in the player plus the video of a great goal he scored.
— Toon Transfer News (@ToonTransfer) May 11, 2017
Newcastle are certainly interested in this 6ft 1ins tall midfielder and the Spanish club, based in Madrid, are said to be bracing for an offer coming in from Newcastle.
Pires has played 75 games for Leganes with 13 goals and 5 assists.
We would expect Lee Charnley making some offers for players very soon – if he hasn’t already done so as Rafa wants to get players in quickly this summer.