Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, says that Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira will ‘adapt easily’ at St James Park.

Balague says that the deal is close for the 29 year old Brazilian defender to arrive at Newcastle on an initial loan, to fill a position which is a massive weak point for United, both in terms of current injuries and more importantly, the lack of quality even when the likes of Dummett and Haidara are fit and available.

Interestingly though, Guillem Balague says that if Newcastle fans are expecting somebody who will be an out and out defender then they will be disappointed.

The Spanish football pundit pointing out that Guilherme Siqueira’s attacking is much better than his defending and last season the full-back scored one goal and created 13 goalscoring opportunities in his 25 La Liga appearances.

Obviously Siqueira living up to the reputation of Brazilian full-backs liking to get up the pitch.

The Atletico Madrid player also likes to get stuck in as well though, with 50 yellow cards in his last 175 league starts, he will prove good company for the likes of Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote (if he doesn’t leave in the next 72 hours).

Guilherme Siqueira is well travelled and after playing for three Italian clubs he spent four years at Spanish club Granada, though that included a year on loan in Portugal with Benfica.

Sold to Atletico Madrid for £7m in summer 2014, the player made 37 appearances including six Champions League games but this season has found games far harder to come by, only playing seven times with only one La Liga appearance.

So it sounds as though an initial short-term move to Newcastle could be ideal for both the player and United.

Guillem Balague:

“Newcastle close to a loan deal with Siqueira (Atletico) but deal not finalised yet.

“Siqueira: clever guy, always cheerful. Better attacking than defending but learnt lots with Simeone. If he goes at Newcastle he’ll adapt easily.”