Now in the final days of the transfer window, Newcastle United are claimed to have made an offer for Gabriel Pires.
He is a 23 year old Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Leganes in La Liga.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Newcastle have supposedly made an offer of a significant loan sum to take the player for the rest of the season, with the proposed deal having a clause that would allow Newcastle to make the deal permanent at the end of the season – if promoted to the Premier League.
The fact that we are 27 days into the transfer window and Newcastle haven’t brought in a single player, suggests that a fair few of the transfer tales we have heard and seen, might not have been altogether genuine…
With this one, I don’t even see how it makes any sense for either club.
Leganes are fourth bottom of La Liga and in danger of being sucked into the relegation zone, Gabriel Pires is a first choice midfield player for the club and he has started 17 of their 19 league games and came off the bench in another. So why would they be allowing a first choice player to go out on loan, with no guarantee he would even be sold at the end of it?
As for Newcastle?
Gabriel Pires has only ever played in the Italian and Spanish second tiers since arriving in Europe as a 17 year old from Brazil, until getting promotion with Leganes last season.
Apart from kids to go into the Academy maybe, the only players Rafa Benitez will be considering bringing in at this point are ones who can contribute in this promotion run in.
There are only just over three months to go before the final game of the season on 7 May and do you honestly think the United boss would consider bringing in an inexperienced player from abroad, who has only started 17 games in a major league?
You only need to look at the summer activity, Rafa brought in 11 players who all had previously played in the English Premier League and/or Championship, he wanted players who could instantly do a job.
The only exception was Jesus Gamez and he was a vastly experienced La Liga campaigner, who had captained Malaga and competed in the Champions League.
Even with Gamez, Rafa was taking a very careful route, giving him time to adapt to football in England gradually, only for the defender to then pick up an injury.
Whether Newcastle will actually bring in anybody remains to be seen but at least with the likes of Premier League experienced Barrow, McCarthy and Townsend, they would all be players who could walk in and be potentially playing in a matter of days for Newcastle, rather than months or never…