The Lowdown: Alvarez ‘tracked’
It was reported last week that Ajax central midfielder Alvarez is being ‘tracked’ by the St. James’ Park outfit ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window.
Eddie Howe is looking to add another midfielder to his squad, and Alvarez could become available in the next window, although they may face competition from fellow Premier League rivals Chelsea for his signature.
The Latest: One to watch
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones has claimed that Alvarez is certainly ‘one to look out for’ for the North East club come January, adding that he is a ‘good fit’ for them:
“They do continue to look for somebody that’d be a good fit for this team, and I think Edson Alvarez could be a good one. His football IQ would probably fit with what Eddie Howe wants. It’s probably one to look out for.”
The Verdict: Get it done
With the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Jonjo Shelvey having injury problems this season, the Tynesiders could do with an extra man in the middle of the park.
Hailed as a ‘monster‘ by The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas, Alvarez has one goal and two assists in nine matches for Ajax so far this term (Transfermarkt) and has been very impressive in general, notably putting in an ‘exceptional performance‘ in their 4-0 thumping of Glasgow Rangers in the UEFA Champions League group stages.
The 24-year-old also boasts no fewer than 59 caps for the Mexico national team, and is sure to attract some attention during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, so it could prove to be a shrewd signing, should a move materialise.
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