The Chronicle is reporting that Mikel Merino, the 21-year-old Spaniard we are trying to sign on a season long loan deal, has already been spotted in Newcastle.
He has been sighted outside the Freeman Hospital in High Heaton and the club seems to be moving extremely quickly to get this deal finalized.
It is said Newcastle have an option to buy the player in the loan deal at the end of the season for €7M – £6.2M.
However, there’s an update in the Express that Newcastle must buy him next summer – but we cannot confirm that – usually that;s an obligation to buy after he plays a certain number of games.
Rafa is reported to be a big fan of the player who usually plays as a holding midfielder but can also play at center-back – at 6ft 2ins tall so he seems to be versatile too.
Here’s our initial report on the move we produced about 30 minutes ago.
What do you think?