Newcastle United are ready to battle West Ham this summer for Jefferson Savarino, according to Sky Sports News.
They report that both clubs are keen on the Venezuelan international midfielder and will watch him in tomorrow’s Copa America clash against Brazil.
The reported asking price for the 22-year-old, who plays for Real Salt Lake in MLS, is £6 million, meaning that he could be a decent bargain coup.
Newcastle have already raided MLS in 2019, with a club-record swoop for Miguel Almiron, who lifted the mood around St James’ Park with his flair and guile.
And of course Newcastle had huge success with a Venezuelan recruit last season in the shape of Salomon Rondon, who arrived on loan from West Brom.
He led the line with endless running and a goal threat but the uncertainty around the club has meant that getting him through the door on a permanent basis has not happened just yet.
But perhaps getting his international team-mate in would grease the wheels of the move, convincing Rondon that the club is going in the right direction and offering him the chance to link up with his countryman on a regular basis in the north east.