According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are interested in signing Venezuelan winger Jefferson Savarino – and it’s said the MLS star is available for just £6m.
Sky also claim that West Ham are also interested in the 22-year-old, with scouts from both clubs expected to watch him in his Copa America clash with Brazil on Wednesday.
Savarino is a two-footed right-winger who’s bagged 3 goals and 2 assists in 13 MLS appearances for Real Salt Lake so far this season.
Here’s a snippet from Sky Sports’ latest piece, who claim we’re keen to sign both Rondon and his Venezuelan teammate this summer:
‘West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing Real Salt Lake winger Jefferson Savarino, Sky Sports News understands.
‘Both clubs are due to watch the Venezuelan winger play in the Copa America on Wednesday against hosts Brazil.
‘The 22-year-old playmaker has scored three times so far in this season’s Major League Soccer and is apparently available for £6m.
‘Newcastle are still chasing Savarino’s Venezuelan team-mate Salamon Rondon, but uncertainty over a potential takeover of the club has halted any transfer progress.‘
It’s best to take most transfer stories with a pinch of salt given the uncertainty surrounding St James’ Park right now, but deals like this where the price is low and the resale value is high sound like the sort Mike Ashley would be all over.
Savarino has 16 goals and 18 assists in 67 MLS appearances (including 7 goals and 9 assists last season), with 1 goal in 10 appearances for Venezuela.
Here’s him in action: