According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle are on the brink of signing ‘highly-rated’ Deportivo Municipal playmaker Rodrigo Vilca in a deal worth £250,000.
The 21-year-old – who has already been called up to the Peru national team by coach Ricardo Gareca – is set to join the Magpies before potentially being loaned out in order to gain experience.
However, there is one question mark over Vilca.
The Daily Mail state that we ‘fear’ the Peruvian doesn’t possess the physical attributes needed to make an impact in the Premier League just yet.
That is understandable given the notoriously challenging nature of England’s top-flight.
The last thing we all want, and presumably what Steve Bruce wants, is to have the youngster wandering around Tyneside with no chance of first-team action and few opportunities to improve – both technically and physically.
A loan move to a decent side, where he can build up some robustness, should do him the world of good.
Nevertheless, what is going on? Is Lee Charnley actually making some sensible signings for the future?
It makes more than enough sense for us to complete this deal and have Vilca on the books, while first-teamers such as Miguel Almiron help Bruce out in that No.10 position for now.
Regardless of whether or not this deal goes through, there seems to be a clear change in our transfer approach this year. It’s certainly been more fun to follow!