Newcastle United are expected to make a move for Feyenoord winger Luis Sinisterra, according to one reporter in the Netherlands.
It will be an intriguing January transfer window for Newcastle after their Saudi-backed takeover. They now have plenty of funds to spend as long as they can convince players to join them for what remains a relegation battle.
Therefore, until their position improves, they may have to get creative in the transfer market. But they should still be able to make some decent investments.
One player who could be on their radar, according to Maarten Wijffels, is Sinisterra of Feynoord and the Colombia national team.
A 22-year-old winger, Sinisterra has been playing in the Netherlands since 2018, when he left Once Caldas in his native country. He was patient in his first season but has been playing fairly regularly ever since.
The current campaign has been a productive one so far. Sinisterra has provided nine goals and six assists from 17 appearances in all competitions so far.
Feyenoord still have him under contract until 2024. But there could be some worries about losing him before then – especially if Newcastle come calling.
In such circumstances, Feyenoord could benefit financially. Wijffels predicts that Sinisterra will be sold for a record amount for the club, surpassing the €18m they received for Liverpool-bound Dirk Kuyt in 2006.
Sinisterra, in comparison, is expected to break the €20m barrier – which is a figure Newcastle are now very much capable of paying.
“This will be the 20 million sale that will go through,” Wijffels told Voetbalpodcast.
“He has a lot, that goal against Union Berlin that [Alireza] Jahanbakhsh made. Like he sometimes takes the ball, always facing forward.
“A really wonderful player. Newcastle United will immediately start bidding.”
Newcastle linked with high-profile winger
It appears Newcastle could be looking to strengthen out wide after a previous report of their interest in another player of a similar position.
While Sinisterra would in part be one for the future, they have also been linked with a more high-profile and experienced player of his role.
According to Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, Newcastle would be willing to buy Eden Hazard.
The Belgium international’s transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2019 never really worked out. There has been speculation that he could return to Stamford Bridge for a much cheaper price.
But Inda is of the belief that Newcastle could offer Hazard an alternative route back into the Premier League.
There were no details of a potential transfer fee or personal terms. But it would be a statement signing, even if Hazard’s star has faded in recent years.
Depending on how Sinisterra develops, the younger option may be more prudent. But Hazard is a much more recognisable name and will remain hopeful of getting his career back on track with a fresh start.
Newcastle will have plenty of decisions to make in view of the January transfer window and beyond.