As reported by The Daily Mail, Newcastle United are looking to take Everton attacker Sandro Ramirez on loan for the rest of the 2017/18 season.
The Magpies have struggled for goals in the English Premier League this season, netting just 22 times in 24 matches so far.
If they are to push on in the second half of the season and stay clear of the relegation zone then they need to show more potency in the final third and adding an attacker or two could really freshen things up in Rafa Benitez’s first team.
One man they’re said to be interested in is Everton star Sandro Ramirez.
The Daily Mail reckon they’ve made contact with the Toffees to take him on loan this January with Benitez ready to sanction a move that will cost them a £2m loan fee and £100,000-a-week in wages.
Newcastle do have competition though, with the paper reporting that La Liga sides Sevilla and Real Betis are both interested in the player, who joined Everton in the summer for £5.2m.
While it’s true Ramirez has struggled to impress for Everton this season, it’s worth remembering his stellar form that won him a move to Goodison Park in the first place.
He scored 16 goals and provided five assists for Malaga in the Spanish top flight in 2016/17, the kind of attacking firepower that would go down a treat at Newcastle right now.
The former Spanish U21 international has scored just once for the Toffees but has found opportunities limited at Goodison Park, making just eight Premier League appearances.
If Rafa Benitez can inspire him to find his La Liga form and he gets a run of regular games in the Spaniard’s system, he could be a real hit in the north east, even if the reported figures seem quite expensive for a short-term loan move.
It’s a risk that could pay off massively for Newcastle.