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Newcastle United to watch Jefferson Savarino against Brazil ahead of impending bid – Sky Sports

3 years ago

It is now reported that Jefferson Savarino will be watched by Newcastle United’s scouting team later today against Brazil.

Sky Sports have said that their information is that Newcastle have been scouting the 22 year old rising star and are interested in bringing him to Tyneside this transfer window.

An international teammate of Salomon Rondon, the diminutive (5ft 7) right winger scored his first goal for Venezuela nine days ago in the 3-0 friendly win over the USA, then started in the 0-0 Copa America group match against Peru on Saturday.

Venezuela now play Brazil today (18 June) and then the final group game is Bolivia on Saturday (22 June).

Sky Sports say that West Ham have also registered an interest in the player and will be represented as well at tonight’s match (which is Wednesday 1.30am kick-off UK time).

Jefferson Savarino moved from Zulia FC in his native Venezuela to MLS side Real Salt Lake in May 2017.

Currently it is the middle of the season and the right footed winger has three goals and one assist in 13 league appearances so far this season, Real Salt Lake are sixth at the moment in the Western Conference.

Last season Savarino got seven goals and nine assists in 35 league games, directly involved in 16 of the 55 goals they scored.

In total, the Venezuelan international has 16 goals and 15 assists in 67 MLS starts (plus 3 sub appearances).

After Miguel Almiron successfully transferred his form to the Premier League earlier this year, it would be no surprise if Newcastle United were actively looking for other players in the MLS who could do the same.

Sky Sports are claiming the winger could be available for around £6m but if he is going to be potentially capable of handling the Premier League, you would expect a winger who is scoring and creating goals, to be priced higher than that. Especially with Newcastle setting that new £21m MLS record when buying Almiron.

This is the 34th day of the transfer window and no sign of any action from Newcastle, with the club seemingly at a standstill until the ownership issue is sorted one way or another and Rafa’s position as well.

A bit of a concern for Newcastle fans when rivals such as Aston Villa, Southampton, Wolves and Bournemouth have already spent significant money. Whilst elsewhere, West Ham have made their third signing of the window, paying £24m for striker Pablo Fornals on Friday. Plus Sky Sports are now reporting that they have also had a £27m offer accepted for Uruguayan striker Celta Vigo, although Valencia are also said to have matched that asking price, with the player now left to choose between the two clubs.


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