There is a report that Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United are interested in 19-year-old 6ft tall Venezuelan striker Jan Carlos Hurtado.
The news was reported on Argentinian radio station 221 Radio and Newcastle are said to be one of the clubs interested in the player along with French club Marseille and Italian Serie A club Atalanta.
The teenager started his career with Deportivo Tachir, Venezuela’s most famous football club and played for two seasons there before joining his current Argentine club, Gimnasia y Esgrima.
They play in the Primera Division of Argentine football – the top division.
Venezuelan striker Jan Carlos Hurtado (7) in action
Jan Carlos Hurtado Anchico (full name) played 17 times for Deportivo Tachir with 8 goals before moving to Gimnasia y Esgrima last year.
So far this season he has played 17 times for his club with a couple of goals and an assist.
He has played for both the Venezuela U17 and U20 sides and has one full cap for his country.
Jan Carlos Hurtado made his full International debut on 22 March this year against Argentina coming on in the 89th minute as a substitute.
We don’t know too much more about the player, but maybe he has been recommended to Rafa by our Venezuelan International striker – on-loan Salomon Rondon.
Rafa and his scouting team are trying to identify good young players to bring into the club over the summer transfer window.