In May it was reported in Spain that Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez was going to spend this season on loan at Newcastle.

They said at the time that the (now) 20 year old’s agent Gines Carvajal  had been in talks with Newcastle and a year’s loan deal had been arranged in principle.

However, that all fell apart because Barcelona then called in the various agents representing Sandro Ramirez and other young Barcelona players to tell them they had decided not to allow them to go elsewhere in short-term moves. The players were said to be needed due to injuries and Barcelona’s transfer ban which was then still in operation.

Then in October, the media in Spain reported that Barcelona’s Sandro Ramirez would be available either on loan or for a £8m permanent deal in the January transfer window, as the transfer ban would be up by then – the club even having already bought some players during the ban, even though they couldn’t play for Barcelona until January 2016.

However, any permanent deal was reported to have to include a ‘buy-back’ option, which would allow them to take the player back to Barca in the future if the clause was activated.

Now, the Guardian are reporting that Newcastle are set to follow up this past interest and go for Sandro Ramirez after running into a dead end with Andros Townsend, Daniel Levy said to be still insisting on a £14m permanent deal this month and not allowing any initial loan.

Sandro has made eight starts and 11 sub appearances for Barcelona (all competitions, including two starts in the Champions League), scoring six goals.

Like Ayoze Perez, Sandro Ramirez is from the Canary Islands and joined the Barca set-up when he was 14 years old.

Ramirez is now available on loan and/or permanent deal according to the Guardian and has already rejected the chance to join Real Betis this week, the Spanish club currently 15th in La Liga.