Newcastle are looking to sign Diego Rolan this month according to reports this morning.
The Uruguayan striker is claimed to be seen as part of the answer to Newcastle’s lack of goals, according to the club’s media partner The Mirror.
They report that Newcastle are looking to outbid West Brom to bring in a striker that they have been linked with for some time.
Last summer French media claimed that United made a £13m bid which was rejected, whilst Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud told L’equipe:
“With Newcastle there has been contact, though never direct with us, only via intermediates. With Newcastle, we can assume that there was some truth in their interest, but Aston Villa, never heard anything directly or indirectly.”
Newcastle’s signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to kill off any United interest in Diego Rolan but it is possible that he could be seen as a forward who could complement the Serbian.
It does appear that Rolan is a player who Newcastle have at least scouted in the past, with speculation of NUFC interest as far back as 2013.
Back then, Diego Rolan was brought over from Uruguay as a 19 year old to Bordeaux (the same time we were landed with Yoan Gouffran) and after finding his feet, last season the striker scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in only 28 starts (plus another 8 appearances as a sub).
However, this season he has made as many appearances as a substitute (seven) in Ligue 1 as he has in the starting eleven, with Bordeaux struggling in 14th place at the minute.
With only two league goals plus another couple in the cups, it is likely that Diego Rolan’s value will have significantly fallen, compared to the player who scored those 15 goals in 28 starts last season.
It remains to be seen whether Mike Ashley sees him as yet another cut price signing from the continent who could potentially increase in value.
At international level he is now a regular in the Uruguay squad and scored three goals in 17 appearances.