Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez is the next player on Real Betis’s radar according to Mundo Deportivo.
The 24 year old is after having one of his better seasons with Newcastle after four years with the club, following his €2 million move from Tenerife.
In a low scoring season for Newcastle, Perez was their top goalscorer in the Premier League with eight goals, along with providing five assists. He added a further two goals in the FA Cup; making his goals-per-game contribution for the season a respectable 0.41.
After an outstanding season with Tenerife in Liga 123 in the 2013/14 season – where he scored 16 and provided seven assists – the Spaniard was linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto before opting for Newcastle.
He has not set the league alight as was hoped, but has been a consistent performer for the Toon Army all the same. His WhoScored.com ratings have not dropped below 6.71 since his move to England in 2014.
With Real Betis facing a summer with Takashi Inui and Sergio Canales already arriving at the club, space for Perez is wearing thin. The front three positions are well stacked at present with Antonio Sanabria, Sergio Leon, Ryad Boudebouz, the never-aging Joaquin, Christian Tello, Joel Campbell and Loren Moron already at the club.
With European football guaranteed next season, Quique Setien will certainly need to add strength in depth. It is also possible that he may want to offload one or two of these players to make space for 24 year old Perez.
Christian Tello could well be one of these players as he was not trusted as much in the second half of the season. The future of Joel Campbell is also not guaranteed, so there is some logic to Betis links to the Newcastle man.
One big block to this transfer will be the transfer price and wages demanded. With so much money available in the Premier League, Betis will not be able to compete should Newcastle want to keep Perez at the club.
Ayoze Perez has also shown willingness to play regular football. In the past, he stayed with Newcastle after relegation and reportedly rejected Barcelona, Real Madrid and Porto for playing time. This is not guaranteed in Seville either, but he would certainly suit Quique Setien’s attractive style of play.