Toon target ‘keen’ on move ahead of SJP audition as camp say “watch this space” – Report

Lee Ryder has released an intriguing update on the future of Duvan Zapata – a long-term Newcastle United target who continues to be linked with a summer move to Tyneside.

In his latest piece for The Chronicle, he reports that the striker is keen on a move to England and will arrive at St James’ Park with a ‘point to prove’ ahead of our pre-season friendly with Atalanta next Friday.

Sources close to the striker insist there’s ‘not been a solid bid’ for the Colombian so far, however his camp have issued a “watch this space” message to the North-East paper with regards to his future. Agent talk to encourage interest from elsewhere or a line that’s worth reading into? Who knows.

Ryder adds that he could be available at around £21m – a reasonable fee for a prolific striker who’s bagged 79 goals an 38 assists in 162 appearances for Atalanta.

That said, he turned 31 a few months ago and doesn’t fit in with the young, versatile forwards we’ve been pursuing so far this summer, meaning this one may only appeal if a loan deal could be agreed?

One to watch next Friday and someone head scout Steve Nickson appears to really like, but I wouldn’t bank on the big man ending up on Tyneside this summer.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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