Newcastle United have made a move for winger Lucas Ocampos according to press reports today.

Italian website TMW report that Serie A clubs AS Roma and Fiorentina have been watching the winger for some time but it is Newcastle now who have moved ahead of the Italian clubs.

TMW point to the financial advantage English clubs have due mainly to the lucrative Worldwide TV deals, far in excess of what Italian clubs receive.

However, for that to come into effect, you have to have a club owner willing to invest that extra cash in the squad.

Lucas Ocampos turns 21 in eleven days time and played together with Emmanuel Riviere before the French striker left Monaco.

Monaco loaned out the Argentine winger to Marseille for the second half of last season and altogether Ocampos made 31 Ligue 1 appearances in the last 12 months, though only 10 were in the starting eleven for Monaco and Marseille.

The player was a hot prospect when he arrived at Monaco for £6m as an 18 year old from River Plate and has racked up a lot of games (111) in France, not bad for a player yet to turn 21, although the majority are as a substitute.

Standing 6ft 2, Lucas Ocampos has scored 17 goals since arriving in Europe and played Champions League football for Monaco last season.

Due to their problems with FFP (Financial Fair Play) and this coming season’s Champions League chances depending on getting through the play-off round, Monaco need to offload some players.

Whether Newcastle are serious contenders or not is quite another thing.

  • Les Higgins

    From Cashleys “preferred media” ….as said before, ticket sales are down aren’t they ?

  • If just one season ticket is sold on the back of each transfer rumour they’ll soon be sold out .

  • Hetton Mag

    This guy has the potential to be a world class star. if he signed it is a huge statement by the club. Anybody believe it will happen?

  • prestondave

    Hetton Mag no

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  • SaveNUFC

    Hetton Mag I’m not sure what to say but he is not that good as he is talked about. Not sure whether you’ve seen him play but he losses the ball too much and very poor with team work. No consistency. Don’t simply believe the youtube videos, it’s the compilation of all his best in two years. Watch the full match and you’ll know.
    IMO I won’t mind if we don’t get him. For sure we need around not less six new players though.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Any better than marveaux, obertan etc we need players who can settle immediately carried too many last year

  • Kazie23

    I hope we can get him

  • Kazie23

    Farrr better

  • Kazie23

    It’s about time we are linked with him…And now Riviere can finally be useful for us by convincing Ocampos to join us
    And if he does come we should give him the number 11 jersey

  • toonterrier

    O campus never heard of him. Obviously irish  but get him in. Makes a change from all the French lads we have at present and even if he cant play very well should be on the fiddle most days.

  • Kazie23

    His actually from Argentina and not Irish…but I’m pretty sure his going to play well for us

  • Andrew Johnson

    Oh goody! We’re linked with someone else. I wonder who he’ll end up signing for?

  • desree

    When are we due to ‘pull out of the race’? This seems to have replaced ‘couldn’t get across the line’
    So we have moved from at least pretending to try to blatant apathy. I fear a repeat of 2008-2009 ahead.

  • desree

    our 6 new signings this summer are de jong, steve taylor, aarons, marveaux, and lascelles and darlow

  • toonterrier

    Kazie23 A joke. Bit like your number 23 which was on the back of a second rate footballer who spent a lifetime at the club without putting a shift in.

  • Kazie23

    What did I say to you??? To make you so upset
    I only corrected you about Lucas Ocampos and where his really from

  • Kazie23

    I have to agree with you!!!

  • Kazie23

    I really can’t see it happening but then again we did sign a good or should I say a big player every year…Cabaye,Ben Arfa,Ba,Cisse,Tiote,Debuchy,Sissoko,Remy,De Jong and Cabella…..Sooo we might get Ocampos in