Newcastle Striker Search Latest
With only Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic as specialised strikers here, the striker search is going right to the wire.
With the long list of alleged strike targets being whittled down by the day, today saw a striker that our local media linked in Andre Gray, snapped up by Watford for a fee approaching £20m.
As Rafa Benitez has said before, these fees are daft never mind crazy.
Anyway, another alleged target in Lucas Perez of Arsenal saw his name crop up when Rafa was interviewed earlier for the Sky coverage of the premier league launch day.
Rafa was asked whether there was any truth in the rumour and said this:
I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the manager`s meeting and I said 'Listen, we have to talk' he said 'Listen, you have some money?'
I like the player but it`s too soon to talk about that.
Perez's agent has already said this Summer that Perez wants to leave amidst an alleged £10m - £12m price tag with one of his former club's presidents at Deportivo even going as far as saying the player wants to go back there.
The price is the stumbling block as they cant afford him, so this rumbles on with just over three weeks of the window left.