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Newcastle closing in on tasty deal for South American starlet as shrewd £12m transfer nears

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Enzo Fernandez of River Plate competes for the ball with Maximo Perrone of Velez

Reports have claimed that Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Velez Sarsfield midfielder Maximo Perrone in January.

Newcastle are currently going strong in the Premier League and are keen to solidify their position. They currently sit third in the table and are on course for a top-four finish, which would be some achievement.

Eddie Howe is keen to add to his midfield options and Perrone would be an interesting pick-up.

Newcastle’s most-used midfield trio this season has been Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton and Joe Willock. The trio have worked well together, but more depth in the middle would be useful.

Since the takeover Newcastle have been wise with their transfer dealings and it seems like January will be no different.

Moise Kean has been another target for the Magpies as they are also looking to strengthen their forward line.

According to reports, Velez Sarsfield midfielder Perrone has been eyed up by Newcastle for quite some time.

The Argentine midfielder is only 19 years old and has been a regular in the Primera Division this season.

Newcastle World have outlined that the club are now ‘closing in’ on his signature.

The report also explains that ‘Velez Sarsfield club director Christian Bassedas, recently travelled over to England to work on the deal.’

Perrone’s contract with the Argentine club expires in December 2023 and so this could be their last chance to cash-in on his full value.

It has been suggested that Velez are holding out for a payment of €14million if they are to sell Perrone, which would equate to around £12.2million.

Newcastle obviously have the funds to get this deal done if they can see the potential in Perrone.

The Argentine midfielder isn’t likely to be thrown straight into the starting 11, but could be one to watch for the future.

Eddie Howe outlines January plan

Howe has suggested that Newcastle will have to go about their business sensibly in the January window.

Given the influx of transfer fees they have recently paid, they will have to be mindful of Financial Fair Play and perhaps could seek out more deals for players like Perrone.

Last month Howe outlined some of Newcastle’s transfer plans and recognises that they will have to dial back on their spending.

“I think that is unsustainable, Financial Fair Play, I know it is mentioned a lot. That will guarantee that,” Howe explained via Chronicle Live.

“I think you have to be mindful of that fact. That’s where we need to improve, to make sure we don’t have to go to the transfer market and spend that money. Can we produce more of our own players? Can we improve everything we deliver?

“Not just transfers. It can be very difficult for all clubs to spend that money on a consistent basis.

“We go into the next window knowing it will be very different to the last one. No two windows are the same. We know we are going to have to control our spending for sure.”

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