According to reports in the Daily Mail, Newcastle United have been boosted in their pursuit of out of favour Everton striker Sandro Ramirez after the 22-year-old demanded that he is sold this month.
Well, the Daily Mail reported on January 21 that Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is willing to sanction a £2m loan move for the Spanish forward as well as taking on all of Sandro’s £100,000-a-week wages.
The latest Daily Mail report suggests that the 22-year-old wants out of Goodison Park after failing to settling into life with the Merseyside outfit and with first-team opportunities limited, although it is understood that he would prefer a return to Spain just six months after his move from Malaga.
He has been disappointing.
The 22-year-old arrived at Everton during the summer in a £5.2m deal and was quickly labelled as one of the bargains of the summer having scored 16 goals in 31 matches for Malaga during the previous campaign.
However, the Spain U21 international has never got going, struggled physically and looks unable to play in the lone striker role in the Premier League, while he has scored one goal and provided a further assist in 15 appearances in all competitions.
He has failed to make the squad for the Toffees’ last five matches in all competitions, and it would be a huge shock if he doesn’t leave – either on loan or on a permanent basis – by the close of play on Wednesday.
He would certainly be a risky one and one that would worry the fans given they are just one point above the relegation zone.
While he scored goals for fun for Malaga last season, he just hasn’t appeared to be suited to Premier League football so far.
Sandro certainly hasn’t been given a regular and consistent run in the Everton side however, and perhaps he could make more of an impact under a Spanish boss at St James’ Park – if he is handed plenty of game time.
The 22-year-old would likely work better alongside a target man like Joselu – or another Newcastle target in Nicolai Jorgensen – and it could bring out the best in him, but Magpies fans certainly wouldn’t be holding their breaths for that to happen.