Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has revealed that Newcastle United are ‘in’ for Valencia striker Maxi Gomez.
The Lowdown: Striker wanted
It has been widely reported that the St. James’ Park outfit would like to bring in a new striker before the transfer window shuts.
Callum Wilson has been susceptible to injuries during his time in the North East, while Chris Wood has only managed to find the back of the net twice since signing from Burnley in the January window, meaning that Eddie Howe could really do with another option up top.
The Latest: Gomez interest
Taking to Twitter, Sky Germany’s Plettenberg has revealed that the Tynesiders are one of a number of clubs that are ‘in’ for Gomez, who ‘wants’ to leave Valencia and is thought to be available for around €12m (£10.2m):
“News Maxi #Gomez: The 26 y/o striker wants to leave Valencia. Gladbach bosses should like the player (next to Beljo), talks took place. But: Price tag around €12m at this stage. Still too expensive for Borussia! Also in: Everton, Newcastle and Fenerbahce.”
The Verdict: Sign him up?
£10.2m does not seem like much in today’s market, considering the amount of money that Premier League clubs have spent on attackers so far this season.
With 82 goals at club level and four for Uruguay (Transfermarkt), Gomez is a player with vast experience, and would give the Magpies another dimension in attack.
Should Newcastle sign Maxi Gomez?
Described as a ‘bull’ who is ‘fearsomely strong’ and ‘powerful’ but also has ‘technical gifts’ by South American football expert Tim Vickery, the six-foot-one striker actually plays like Wilson and Wood (FBref), and so can be seen as a deadly hybrid of the two.
Nonetheless, at 26 years of age, Gomez is about to enter his prime, and so now is the perfect time to buy him at that kind of price.
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