According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are now tracking MLS star Josef Martinez ahead of the January transfer window.
The Venezuelan is the former striker partner of Miguel Almiron and has been breaking records in the MLS, scoring in 15 consecutive games for Atlanta United.
Lee Ryder’s piece insists that he’s just one of several attacking options Newcastle’s scouts are keeping tabs on ahead of the winter window, but states that head of recruitment Steve Nickson now has ‘excellent links’ in the US after striking a deal for Miguel Almiron earlier this year.
The club may be reluctant to go for another top MLS talent given Miguel Almiron is yet to find the net in a black an white shirt, but Martinez’s record is outstanding, with him bagging 86 goals (and 9 assists) in 95 appearances for Atlanta.
Not only that, his relationship with Almiron was brilliant during the pair’s time together at Atlanta, so the club may wonder if Martinez’s arrival could help get the best out of the misfiring Paraguayan.
It would be a slight risk given he wasn’t prolific in Italy prior to his move to America, but his low centre of gravity, decent pace, stocky build and impressive finishing suggests he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
Here’s him in action: