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Newcastle United: Raúl de Tomás provides cheap alternative to Alexander Isak

Newcastle United: Raúl de Tomás provides cheap alternative to Alexander Isak -Newcastle United Transfer Rumours

Newcastle are reportedly interested in a move for Espanyol striker Raúl de Tomás.

The Lowdown: Striker wanted

The Magpies are clearly keen to add a striker to their ranks alongside their pursuit of a wide forward, as Scott Wilson of The Northern Echo recently revealed interest in a double swoop for both Moussa Diaby and Armando Broja.

Broja isn’t the only forward on the agenda, with Dan Ashworth seemingly doing some shopping in La Liga as links to Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak intensify.

Alongside Isak, PIF are also keeping their eyes on a cheaper option in de Tomás, as major Latin sports outlet Relevo have now revealed the Spaniard’s availability.

The Latest: Newcastle interested in de Tomás

Writing on Twitter, one of the outlet’s reporters had this to say: “Newcastle interested in Raúl de Tomás. Juventus has also been informed about the situation of the Espanyol striker, who could leave for around 35 million euros.”

A move for Isak would reportedly require the Magpies to smash their transfer record, so the £29.5m valuation on de Tomás could make him a viable alternative if a deal for the Sweden starlet proves too costly.

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The Verdict: Don’t rule it out

While the 27 year-old may not bring the glamour of a record-breaking move for Isak, he certainly knows where the back of the net is.

Having risen through the ranks in Real Madrid’s academy, the 5 foot 10 hit-man had various successful loan spells before leaving permanently in pursuit of first-team football, eventually landing at Espanyol.

All in all, de Tomás has bagged 107 senior goals in club football, earning himself four Spain caps, and has really hit form in recent seasons, finding the net 40 times in 71 league games over the last two campaigns.

Holding a stylistic likeness to Luis Suarez, he ranks in the 99th percentile for forwards across Europe when it comes to pass completion, as well as the 81st percentile for dribbles completed, showing a well rounded skill-set to accompany his clinical instincts in and around the box (FBRef).

Known for his movement and positional intelligence, journalist Josh Bunting has gushed over the ‘excellent’ striker for his ‘calm and composed’ nature – he would provide real quality and experience if the Magpies decide to pursue a deal.

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