Rafa Benitez is set to make his first signing for Newcastle United and it is one of his countrymen.

Various Spanish media have reported on young playmaker Luis Vacas being on Tyneside ahead of a potential signing.

Currently on the books of Spanish lower league side Seneca CF, 16 year old Vacas has arrived at Newcastle for an initial trial and has been training on Tyneside this week.

There is no indication in the reports as to whether this is a player that Rafa Benitez has personally identified, or if he has come from the usual Graham Carr process.

However, Luis Vacas is claimed to have impressed so far at Newcastle’s training base and United are set to make their decision at the end of the trial period.

Only yesterday The Telegraph reported that Mike Ashley will carry out a full investigation of the club from top to bottom and ask all figures in authority to justify their positions, with one particular area of concern for Ashley – the really poor performance of the academy and reserve set-ups, particularly the lack of players progressing through to the first team squad.

Obviously the massive hope for us all is that Rafa Benitez will still be at Newcastle, regardless of which division the first team end up in.

Maybe then we will see a flow of Spanish talent of various ages coming into Newcastle, rather than the disastrous stream of substandard imports from Ligue 1.