Newcastle United’s busy summer of spending will not include a move for former target Victor Ibarbo, after the South American star opted to sign a new deal with current club Cagliari.
The 24-year-old, who garnered worldwide attention with his dancing celebrations for Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil, had previously been linked with a move to St James’ Park after impressing for Los Cafeteros.
Newcastle could certainly benefit from Ibarbo’s scoring touch, with the South American previously finding the net for Colombia with the opening goal in their 3-0 win over Greece in the group phase of the competition.
Valued at around the £8 million mark by the Italian club, Newcastle’s interest had admittedly cooled in recent weeks, with the Magpies seemingly pursuing less costly alternatives.
But with the Toon failing to find the net in their opening two Premier League games, interest in Ibarbo could have been renewed.
Any lingering doubt over the Colombian’s future has been all but extinguished, however, after it was announced that the player had agreed fresh terms with his current employers Cagliari.
The new contract will see Ibarbo remain at the club until 2017 and could also see the Serie A side command a significant transfer fee for the player, should they ultimately decided to cash-in.
An impressive showing for Jose Pekerman’s Colombia team at next summer’s Copa America in Chile could be a good start, with Los Cafeteros heading into the tournaments as one of the favourites for victory.
Colombia previously celebrated success in the competition back in 2001 as hosts, when they beat Mexico in the final to claim their one and only major piece of international silverware to date.
Impress as they did at the World Cup and a Premier League move could yet one day become a reality for Ibarbo and Newcastle United.