There’s a tweet from Diario Ole in Argentina that Rafa Benitez is ready to make an offer for Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, with the deal being only hours away from being completed.
We’ll have to wait to see if that’s true but time is certainly running out quickly in this transfer window.
We had been linked with the once capped Argentine International over the last week or so, and his signing would mean that there is real competition at left back for local lad Paul Dummett, who is out injured with a hamstring injury at the moment.
In fact, we were reported last Saturday to have bid €4M for the player.
With the failure of Sadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar to mount any kind of challenge to Dummett, the Argentine who turns 25 tomorrow could now have a decent chance of nailing down the left-back position this season.
Tagliafico is well regarded in Argentina and has been in good form for Independiente last season and has had European clubs interested in signing him.
Nicolas Tagliafico – hours away from signing Argentine left-back?
But with time running out Newcastle will need to complete this deal soon, and for less than £4M, this looks like an excellent signing for us.
That’s especially true with the loan move of Kenedy now looking a bit doubtful after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down a move to Chelsea from Arsenal.
Nicolas was born in Buenos Aires, and he’s played in the youth teams of the Argentine national side at the U15, U17, and U20 levels.
And he was impressive for the Argentina national U20 team at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, which was eventually won by Brazil.
He seems to be a talented young player.