Newcastle United have began their summer spending spree with the arrival of 20-year-old Spanish striker Ayoze Perez.

The player will sign from Spanish second division side Tenerife and will primarily be involved with the reserve and under-21 sides, although he is considered to have the potential to push for a first-team place.

Perez has scored 16 league goals in 33 games for Tenerife this season and has impressed with his fine dribbling ability and eye for goal. Perez could be the first of a few Spanish players to arrive at Newcastle as club secretary Lee Charnley is understood to have met a Spanish agent last month and could have discussed a number of transfers while in Europe.

The youngster is on nominal wages at Tenerife and has a minimum fee release clause of £1.6m, a sum Toon chiefs are happy to spend to bring the bright talent to Tyneside.

Traditionally, Spaniards haven’t been the best servants to Newcastle. The names of Marcelino and Albert Luque spring to mind but hopefully Perez can be more of a Santiago Munez than a Luque – only real rather than fictional.


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