Newcastle reportedly scouting Barcelona - could they be watching forward Sandro?

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Newcastle reportedly sent scouts to watch Barcelona last week.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United sent scouts to watch Barcelona in action last week - prompting questions over who the Magpies were watching.

Manager Steve McClaren spent heavily over the summer in order to bring the likes of Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic to St. James' Park, and fans were full of optimism that an improved season was on the horizon after narrowly avoiding relegation last term.

However, with eight games gone this season, Newcastle have still yet to win a Premier League game - and supporters are already turning their attention towards the January transfer window, with McClaren still needing more improvements to his squad.

Now, The Chronicle report that Newcastle have sent scouts to watch Barcelona in action ahead of the transfer window, and with no specific targets mentioned, it's currently unclear who the Magpies are watching.

Newcastle wouldn't be able to attract most of the Barcelona squad, but one player stands out a potential target for the Magpies - forward Sandro Ramirez.

The Daily Mail reported over the summer that Newcastle were looking to tie up a loan deal for Sandro, with Barcelona looking to give him experience at that time - though the departure of Pedro and a recent injury to Lionel Messi has given him chances under Luis Enrique, including in the Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Yet with Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal arriving in January, and Messi's return from injury not too far away, a loan move away from the Camp Nou may be on the cards once again.

Newcastle figure to be interested again having previously attempted to sign him, and he would provide McClaren with another attacking option, with Sandro able to play as a centre forward, out wide or behind a striker - much like his fellow Spaniard Ayoze Perez.

A loan deal may not be what Newcastle fans are looking for, and they may also want a more proven player than Sandro given their recent struggles - but with few other realistic targets, a renewed bid for the 20-year-old could be a possibility in January.

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