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Newcastle could land most exciting signing in years in Junior Firpo

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Newcastle could land most exciting signing in years in Junior Firpo

Newcastle have been scouting Arsenal target Junior Firpo.

Newcastle United and Crystal Palace have entered the race for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo, according to Spanish media outlet Sevilla ABC.

The Magpies have sent scouts to watch Firpo in action but they face competition from some Premier League big boys.

Arsenal and Manchester City are also among the clubs keen on Firpo this January.

But if Newcastle did manage to pull this deal off ahead of some big clubs, it would be a major coup.

The 22-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in La Liga and among the most promising young left-backs in Europe.

 

The Spain under-21 international, who was born in the Dominican Republic, has scored three goals and picked up two assists in 16 games this season, underlining his talent.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 22: (L-R) Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid, Hector Junior Firpo Adames of Real Betis during the La Liga Santander match between Atletico Madrid v Real Betis Sevilla at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 22, 2018 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

He caught the eye back in mid-November, grabbing a goal and an assist against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in a famous 4-3 victory for Betis.

Predominantly a left-back, Firpo’s attacking credentials make him useful as a winger as well.

And these are two areas where Newcastle could definitely upgrade on their current options.

Firpo could replace Paul Dummett as Newcastle’s first-choice left-back and offer them an option at left-wing-back if Rafa Benitez opts to play with three at the back.

With Arsenal and Man City keen, this may seem ambitious. But an audacious swoop for the exciting youngster would be a real statement of intent.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football. West Ham fan.

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