Torres would be perfect free signing for Newcastle

Newcastle have been named as one of the favourites to sign Fernando Torres, after the striker announced he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

What’s the story?

A report in Spanish publication AS claims Newcastle and Celtic are the front runners to sign former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, and the Magpies are now the bookmakers’ favourite to land the Spaniard.

Torres moved back to Atletico in 2015, but his contract with his boyhood club will not be renewed when it runs out this summer.

Torres was heavily linked with Newcastle back in January, and now odds have been slashed again as Rafael Benitez looks to build a team capable of avoiding another relegation scrap.

SkyBet have listed the striker at 6/1 to move to Tyneside this summer, though he is expected to attract offers from China and the MLS.

Good fit for Newcastle?

Valued at just £3.6million on Transfermarkt due to his age, the 34 year-old striker undoubtedly peaked during his time with Liverpool. That said, there is no denying his quality, as even during his horror spell with Chelsea he was able to score some crucial goals.

Torres has been performing well for Atletico, managing seven goals in all competitions this season despite only starting nine games.

The Spaniard would be a perfect free signing for Newcastle. He is a hard worker, a born leader, and his fantastic instincts in front of goal certainly couldn’t harm the Magpies’ chances next season. On top of all that, he is the type of cult hero that fans would get behind, just like during his time in Liverpool and Madrid.

The 34 year-old has scored 38 times in 110 appearances for Spain, and his experience would surely have an excellent influence on the likes of Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez, who fans have often felt are just a few small details from becoming top players.

If Rafa Benitez can lock up the free signing of Torres this summer, it would be an excellent coup for the Magpies.

Newcastle fans, would you take Torres on a free signing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…