Sky Sports have claimed that West Ham United and Newcastle United are both in the running to sign Real Salt Lake winger Jefferson Savarino, and are expected to watch him in action this week.
Savarino, 22, has starred in the MLS for Real Salt Lake and that has earned him a place in the Venezuela national side alongside striker Salomon Rondon. He has since earned 10 caps for his country.
Venezuela are set to face Brazil on Wednesday in their second Group A clash, after drawing 0-0 with Peru. Savarino last 69 minutes, and is now set to play under the watchful eye of Newcastle and West Ham scouts against Brazil.
Savarino could be available after scoring 16 goals and laying on 18 assists during 70 appearances for Salt Lake, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the MLS season. His deal is contracted until December 31.
The Hammers and Newcastle are both keen to spend £6million to land Savarino, but they will both first watch him on Wednesday to see what he is all about before tabling an offer.
Blistering speed, excellent control when dribbling and an eye for goal, Savarino is one of the most lethal attackers in the MLS and certainly has the correct style of play when it comes to the Premier League.
At £6million, he is certainly on the cheap side. 16 goals and 18 assists in 70 games, Savarino’s stats are not dissimilar from Miguel Almiron’s MLS form – which saw him net 22 times and lay on 21 assists in the same appearances.
A bargain then, given Newcastle splashed £21million on Almiron. Certainly he would be excellent cover for both the Hammers and Newcastle, and he is likely to leave with his contract set to expire. A straight tug of war, then.