In late December, there was a sensational claim that Newcastle were in talks for Brazilian attacker Everton Soares. The report claimed that Newcastle wanted to bring the winger in on loan in January with a £40m purchase option.
The Chronicle did a follow-up report all but stating the claim was a bit exaggerated. However, they did reveal that Newcastle’s head of scouting, Steve Nickson, had been to Brazil to watch Everton several times.
Sport Witness is now citing a renewed report that Newcastle are tracking the 24-year-old. According to Area Napoli, Newcastle are one of four clubs interested in bringing the flamboyant winger in from Gremio this summer.
The report also reveals that West Brom made a £22.5m bid for Everton, but it was Soares who turned down the move. So this could mean a similar offer from the Magpies could see an agreement reached with Gremio, as long as the player wants the move.
The report in December put Everton’s release clause at around £72m. However, the latest news has clubs Everton, Bayer Leverkusen, and Napoli as Newcastle’s leading contenders for the 24-year-old’s signature.
Since none of Europe’s elites seem to be tracking him, that could be the reason his asking price has been driven down.
Everton had a stellar season for Gremio last year, scoring 15 goals and adding 7 assists. He’s certainly an exciting talent who would add some more flair to the Newcastle attack should this report be an accurate one.