Media in Honduras report that Newcastle are going to make a move for Bryan Oviedo.
A bit ironic that a newspaper (Diez) in Central America is giving us a transfer tale of a player potentially moving to Tyneside from just down the road.
David Moyes bought Bryan Oviedo for Everton from FC Copenhagen for £4m in summer 2012 and then paid a similar price to take him to the Mackems in January, as he desperately tried to bring in reinforcements on a budget to save them from the inevitable relegation.
A whole series of injuries (knee, metatarsal, hamstring, broken leg etc etc), as well as variable form, limited the left-back to only 29 Premier League starts in four and a half years at Everton.
However, he is a regular in the Costa Rica set-up and has played over 30 times for his country, the latest only six weeks ago in a 1-1 draw with Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.
Diez (amusingly, in their headline, they say Oviedo could be set to sign for ‘New Castle’) report that Bryan Oviedo is desperate to stay in the Premier League to help ensure he is involved in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and having relocated to the North East, a move to Newcastle would be ideal.
The situation at Newcastle is an interesting one where left-back is concerned – Paul Dummett has put in a very steady season and clearly is good enough for second tier football – but doubts persist as to whether he is Premier League standard.
A lack of pace and little to offer going forward, will surely see Rafa Benitez bring somebody in who could offer more, with Dummett set possibly to be offered the chance to move on – or to cover for both left-back and centre-half positions.
Achraf Lazaar has clearly fallen well short of what is needed, not given a single start in the Championship and only playing 36 minutes coming off the bench. Jesus Gamez has also struggled to get a game, even though he played in La Liga at left-back for Atletico Madrid.
Whether Bryan Oviedo could fit the bill as a certain first choice is debatable, he is injured yet again with a hamstring problem and is set to miss the rest of the season for Sunderland.
He made his debut for the Mackems in the 4-0 win at Crystal Palace but his other seven games have seen six defeats and a draw as Sunderland have gave up the ghost.