The 26-year-old was linked with a transfer to St Mary’s Stadium in September, with the Mirror suggesting that a loan-deal was imminent.
However, nothing came to fruition, and the winger stayed with Sporting CP as the transfer deadline passed. Although he has 12 appearances this term, he has yet to find the back of the net, and Sporting want to see Capel leave the club this month, with his high wages playing heavily on their poor financial situation.
A Bola has published a report indicating Sporting’s desire to see Capel leave the club, and they only intend to sell him, despite numerous proposals sent their way concerning loan moves.
However, it now appears as if one club did make a permanent offer for the winger, who has been capped twice for Spain. A story in O Jogo, quoted by Sport Witness, claims that Premier League side Southampton made an offer for Capel, and it seems as if their offer was accepted due to entering contract talks with the winger.
Despite this, the report also claims that the South Coast club have now pulled out of the deal due to Capel’s wage demands, which they are unwilling to match. It is suggested that the Saints have walked away to focus upon other targets that they have between now and the end of the transfer window.
Newcastle have previously been linked with the former Sevilla man - as per the Journal - but there is no indication that they are intending to follow up their interest this month.