Report: Southampton keen to rival Newcastle United for Spain international

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Newcastle could now face competition from Southampton, in the hunt for Malaga forward Juanmi.

Following our HITC Sport report on Thursday, revealing that Newcastle United have opened talks to sign Malaga forward Juanmi, another Premier League suitor has now emerged.

Keen to discover the possible destination of the €7 million valued 22-year-old, Costa del Sol based Diario Sur has learned Southampton are also very keen to make a move.

When it comes to the clause valuation, neither Southampton or Newcastle United will have any difficulty dipping into their pockets, given the preferred option for Malaga is receiving that figure in one payment, and they won't negotiate the fee.

Malaga are reluctant to see Juanmi depart, having performed so well during the 2014-15 campaign in La Liga, although they are likewise keen to balance their books financially, so his sale would go a long way towards that aim.

The final decision and destination, will ultimately rest with the young Spain international, amidst the possibility that yet more Premier League clubs could express their interest.

Meanwhile, if the choice falls between two clubs, it could be a case of which project and salary package convinces the player most of all, once his agent has finished sounding out options, and discovering where the firmest interest lies.

A clean slate at Newcastle may be tempting, as Steve McClaren looks to rebuild with more ambitious aims, whilst the opportunity of playing in the Europa League, with Ronald Koeman and Southampton, could also be a strong lure.

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