Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is trying to get players in cheaply since it seems he has very little money to spend this summer.
There’s a report that Rafa is now interested in getting 25-year-old free agent Mexican center-back Diego Reyes to Newcastle.
The Mexican international defender has seen out his contract at Porto and Sky Sports is reporting that both West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing the player.
Kieth Downie has also put out this tweet.
Newcastle are interested in signing Mexican international Diego Reyes. The centre back is a free agent after his contract came to an end at Porto. Fenerbahce have made an offer for the 25-year-old.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 19, 2018
Reyes didn’t exactly have a good time of it in his six years at Porto.
He was loaned out to Real Sociedad and Espanyol during that time and managed only 49 games with 3 goals for Porto.
Diego Reyes in action for Mexico against Poland
The 6ft 2ins tall defender has played 53 times for Mexico.
He was named in Mexico’s squad for the World Cup in May but had to withdraw because he hadn’t sufficiently recovered from a previous hamstring injury.
Reyes has been described as being excellent in his positioning, comfortable in possession and very strong in the air.
The versatile Mexican can also play in defensive midfield.
The Chronicle are reporting today that while he is a target of Rafa’s he is not a priority at the moment, but if we are to sign him we would need to move quickly.
Rafa must have other center-backs and full-backs on his radar screen.
And finally owner Mike Ashley will no doubt like the price of Reyes.