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Magpies circling Malaga’s Spanish striking starlet Juanmi

| 31.03.2015

Newcastle United (9/2 with Coral for a Premier League top 10 finish) are reportedly ready to raid La Liga this summer, with in-form Malaga forward Juanmi said to be top of the ambitious Tyneside team’s wishlist.

The Spanish starlet has been making waves with his excellent attacking displays for the Anchovies, attracting the attention of La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque.

Juanmi is expected to grab a first senior Spain cap against the Netherlands, after replacing sidelined striker Diego Costa in del Bosque’s star-studded squad, which may encourage the Magpies to move quickly, before the 21-year-old’s stock rises any further.

An adaptable and flexible forward, Malaga academy graduate Juanmi can play anywhere in attack, and has alerted top clubs to his talent after striking seven times in 24 outings for the Anchovies this term.

Juanmi’s eye for goal has helped to propel the Andalusian outfit up to seventh in La Liga, and the youngster’s recent predatory performances, including four goals in his last seven games, has seen Spain (11/2 to win Euro 2016) sit up and take note.

Newcastle could certainly use an extra spark in attack, and are expected to upgrade their options up top next transfer window, although tempting Juanmi to St James’ Park may prove difficult.

Current Magpies forward Yoan Gouffran has failed to make the expected impact, while poacher Papiss Cisse’s future is still uncertain, leaving space in the squad for a new striker.

Having successfully snapped up Juanmi’s compatriot Ayoze Perez from Tenerife last summer, the Magpies are believed to be scouting Spain for similar bargains.

Perez is second top Newcastle scorer with five strikes this season, but the starlet’s all-round game and link-up play has impressed.

Should Newcastle net Juanmi as well, the north east outfit would boast an exciting forward line full of potential.
The Magpies have stagnated somewhat this season, but should still end this campaign comfortably midtable. So, targeting young and hungry players to create a strong spine able to develop together seems a smart move.

Juanmi, who boasts the record of being Malaga’s youngest ever scorer, after breaking his first team duck aged 16, has a history of success.

The exciting young attacker has also tasted international success already, albeit at youth level. Skillfull and slight Juanmi was part of the two talented Spain under-19 squads that lifted consecutive European Championships in 2011 and 2012.

Newcastle, who have turned heavily to France to source talent in recent transfer windows, could now have their eye on the best from Iberia.

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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.