While we face an on-going wait to see if Rafa Benitez stays, and with that increase our chances of signing Salomon Rondon, the Newcastle board appear to have shown an interest in his Venezuela teammate Jefferson Savarino, according to Sky Sports.
Savarino currently plies his trade domestically in the MLS with Real Salt Lake, having joined the American franchise on a permanent deal in January 2018 from his academy side Zulia FC.
The 22-year-old had been on loan at the Rio Tinto Stadium since May 2017, though, having joined as one of their designated youth players, and has scored 16 goals in 70 games with the Mike Petke’s side, along with 18 assists.
Three of his scored goals and two of his assists have come in the 2019 regular season, including the winning effort against last season’s MLS Cup winners Atlanta United.
His efforts are now understood to have attracted the interest of scouts from Newcastle and West Ham United, who will supposedly be in attendance when Venezuela face Brazil in the Copa America on Wednesday.
One of the appealing aspects of a move for Savarino would be that he is ‘apparently available for £6million’, although Sky’s use of the word ‘apparently’ could make our speculated interest more questionable than it already is with the on-going uncertainty around the club.
Some Magpies supporters, though, are more confident that this sounds much more like a Newcastle transfer, having recently been linked with a €30million (£26.8m) bid for Stade Rennais winder Ismaila Sarr.
Here’s how these United fans reacted to Sky claiming we are interested in Savarino…
These are the believable stories – the ones where the price is low and the resale value is high.
— Jacque Talbot (@jac_talbot) June 17, 2019
This is another reason i don’t think there will be new owners… wouldn’t they want their own players and manager “if Rafa isn’t staying” I think it’s another one of Mike Cashley ploys to keep fans waiting and hoping. ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— graham neal (@grahamneal1959) June 18, 2019
Wont be any players left when newcastle start buying, if at all
— Aiden OK⁉️ ????☮⚽️???? (@Aidy_Nufc) June 17, 2019
3 goals in 1 game no dought
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) June 17, 2019
Zzzzzzz……and without a manager nothing is ever gonna happen.
— Graeme Napier (@NapierGraeme) June 17, 2019
Sounds like a nufc deal… well if we had a manager
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) June 17, 2019
£6m? I’d take him, might be completely average but it’s no risk at all.
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) June 17, 2019
Breaking- West Ham sign Real Salt Lake winter Jefferson Savarino
— W (@WonjoMelvey) June 17, 2019