Newcastle In Battle To Sign Mexican International Defender

The Record in Portugal are reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing  Porto’s Mexican International full-back Miguel Layun, who turns 29 next month.

Layun is of Lebanese descent and was the first Mexican player ever to play in Serie A back in 2009, although he only made two appearances for Atalanta.

Porto’s 28 year-old full-back Miguel Layun

He gesta round and played 20 times for Watford in the second half of the 2014-2015 season in the Championship and then four times in the Premier League before going out on loan to Porto in August of 2015 and he signed a permanent deal in May of last year for €6M.

He has played a total of 65 times with 9 goals for Porto and he is almost certain to be allowed to leave Porto this summer.

The Record is reporting Newcastle are in a three way battle with Espanyol and Roma to sign the player, who made his debut for Mexico in July of 2013 against Canada.

Porto did not have the best of times of it last season and they finished 6 points behind Champions Benfica and manager Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked last week after only one year in charge of the club.

Rafa Benitez wants to bring in maybe two full backs to Newcastle this summer and Layun can play on either side so he is versatile enough.

We expect Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar to be shipped out this summer and it should be announced in the next day or two that Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran will not be retained when their contracts run out at the end of June.

So Rafa will probably bring in a couple of full-backs to challenge Paul Dummett and DeAndre Yedlin for the starting positions.

Layun has played 46 times for the Mexican national side with 3 goals.

In his club career he has played 317 games with 27 goals and 36 assists.

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