In a recent print edition, O Jogo has revealed that Newcastle United have missed out on Jeriel De Santis, who is set to travel to Portugal to complete his transfer to Boavista from Caracas FC this summer (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness). Steve Bruce has currently got Callum Wilson, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton in his squad but has lost Yoshinori Muto, who has joined Eibar on loan.
Therefore, the Magpies can benefit from recruiting another young and promising forward to increase competition for places within their squad. Missing out on De Santis will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Tyneside outfit, so maybe they can benefit from focussing their attention on finding other alternatives to the Venezuelan forward this summer.
Here are three alternate options for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce to consider during this ongoing transfer period.
The 22-year is currently surplus to requirements at Fiorentina, so he can be an ideal choice for the Magpies to consider this summer. He got some valuable experience of playing in the Premier League after spending time with Wolverhampton Wanderers last season when he banged in three goals and grabbed four assists in 24 matches in multiple competitions.
The Como-born talent is good enough to fight with Wilson and Carroll for a place in Bruce’s first-team which makes him a perfect option for Newcastle during this summer transfer period.
The Portuguese striker has made a name for himself while playing for AC Milan. He was in fine form at San Siro last season when he made 33 appearances while scoring six goals and providing three assists on all fronts. The 21-year-old won’t be an easy transfer for Newcastle to pull off, but a loan offer could tempt the Milan giants into sanctioning a deal for him.
Leao could potentially become a world-class forward in the future, so Bruce might be able to nurture and develop him into a top talent if he can lure him to St. James’ Park either on loan or permanently this summer.
The OGC Nice marksman has begun this campaign on fire after netting two goals and securing one assist in three appearances for the French side across all competitions. A switch to the Premier League could be an attractive opportunity for the French forward as it will give him the chance to test himself against the best players at the highest level.
Gouiri has what it takes to provide adequate cover for Wilson at Tyneside. He could also be moulded into a terrific impact substitute if Bruce decides to orchestrate a move for him before the transfer deadline next month.