Newcastle United could reportedly turn to Valencia star Maxi Gomez in their quest to land a new centre-forward recruit.
What’s the word?
According to reports in Turkey – via Aksam – the Magpies have been named as one of the clubs who are believed to be interested in signing the 25-year-old, albeit they will face a race against time as Turkish side Fenerbache step up their approach.
The report suggests that the Uruguay international – who has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Mestalla – could be available for a fee of around €12m (£10m), having spent the past three seasons with the La Liga side after joining from Celta Vigo in 2019.
A new striker appears to be a major priority for the Tynesiders this summer, with Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie revealing that the northeast are likely to bring in a new figure to lead the line – as well as a winger – before the September deadline.
Howe’s own Suarez
Managing to secure the former West Ham United target would no doubt be a major coup for the Premier League side, with the £10.8m-rated man having proven himself a reliable goalscoring presence in recent seasons in Spain, having scored 22 goals and provided 12 assists in 102 games for his current side.
Prior to that, the £49k-per-week menace had registered 31 goals and 12 assists in just 75 games across all fronts at Celta, while also bagging 41 goal contributions in just 52 games at his prior stint at Montevideo outfit, Defensor Sporting Club.
Equally, at international level, the 6 foot 1 “throwback” – as dubbed by South American football expert Tim Vickery – has netted four times in 27 caps thus far, with the suggestion being that he can go on to emulate compatriot and international colleague, Luis Suarez, as his nation’s leading man.
Gomez himself has previously opened up on those comparisons, stating that: “[Suarez] is my idol. I admire him a lot for the way he works. People in Uruguay say that I am going to be his successor in the national team, and I hope that will be the case.”
Such a claim will no doubt have caught the eye of those at St James’ Park, with it a mouthwatering prospect as to the thought of someone being able to replicate the success of the genius figure that is Suarez.
The 35-year-old – who recently returned to former club Nacional after 16 years away from the club – has been a prolific figure in European football over the last decade or so, notably enjoying a fine previous stint in England at Liverpool.
His spell at Anfield saw the often controversial forward score 82 goals and provide 46 assists in just 133 games for the Merseyside outfit in all competitions, notably producing one of his finest goals for the Reds against the Tynesiders back in November 2012.
After joining Catalan giants Barcelona in 2014, the 132-cap menace went on to provide 307 goal involvements in 281 games across all fronts, before adding a further 40 goals and assists in just 83 games at Atletico Madrid.
Such remarkable statistics are a marker of just how talented the 6-foot sensation is, with Newcastle manager Eddie Howe no doubt licking his lips at the prospect of having a Suarez-like figure in his ranks in Gomez.