One of the many players we have been linked with this summer is 28 year-old Mexican International full-back Miguel Layun, who currently plays for FC Porto.
And we suppose if Newcastle are really interested in this full-back, who usually plays left back but can play on either side, there’s still some hope.
That’s because on Thursday there was news from Univision in Mexico that Monterrey made an offer for Layun, but he turned it down because he still wants to play in Europe.
28 year-old Mexican International full-back Miguel Layun
The Portuguese press are expecting Porto to allow the 45 times capped Mexican International to leave the club this summer.
Layun was only signed last summer from Watford for €6M (£5.2M), but has been disappointing in Portugal, so if that’s the case why would Newcastle be interested in signing this player?
Other clubs said to be after the full-back include Roma, Espanyol and Sevilla.
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 at the time.
He 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 he left on loan to Porto in August of 2015; he signed a permanent deal in May of last year.
Layun has played a total of 65 times with 9 goals for Porto and the three clubs said to be interested in the player over the last several weeks are Newcastle, Espanyol and Roma.
We expect Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar to leave Newcastle this summer and Vurnon Anita has already left.
So Rafa needs to bring in at least one full-back to challenge Paul Dummett and DeAndre Yedlin for the starting positions at full-back.
In his club career Layun has played 317 games with 27 goals and 36 assists.
The question we have is we wonder if he’s good enough for Newcastle?
What do you think?
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Sadly he died in hospital and Emma’s auntie also had breast cancer but luckily came through it and was giving the all clear in the end.
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