The Toon have been linked with a move for Jonathan Soriano – the Spanish striker who was top scorer in the Europa League with Red Bull Salzburg.
Newcastle United’s pursuit of a new striker took a turn for the unusual this week after the club was linked with a move for Spanish striker Jonathan Soriano.
The 29-year-old is something of an unknown quantity on these shores, having spent the past two seasons in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg.
A graduate of Espanyol’s youth academy in Spain, Soriano spent three years as part of Barcelona’s B team before being plucked from obscurity by the Austrian league giants.
Since then Soriano has gone from strength-to-strength, scoring 60 goals in 72 appearances for Die Roten Bullen and capturing two Austrian Bundesliga titles as well as a further two Austrian Cups.
His crowning moment for the club came last season, however, as Soriano starred in Salzburg’s run to the round of 16, finishing as the competition’s top scorer with eight goals.
The undoubted pick of these goals game in the last 32 against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena, with Soriano launching a David Beckham-esque wonder strike from just inside the opposition’s half.
He could now be set to test his mettle in the Premier League, with the Austrian Times reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is keen on a move for the 29-year-old, who would most likely be available at a bargain price.
Signing a striker represents a major priority for Newcastle with Loic Remy unlikely to return to the club following the conclusion of his season-long loan and Shola Amoebi released.
According to the report, Red Bull Salzburg paid as little as £300,000 to recruit Soriano from Barcelona B, meaning a fee somewhere in the region of £2 million could be enough to bring him to England.
With the Austrians believed to be open to a move that would see them recoup their initial outlay and significantly more besides for the Spaniard, this rumoured deal could yet become a reality.
Check out Soriano's screamer for Salzburg against Ajax!