According to a report in The Sun, Newcastle United are bracing themselves for a January bid from Tottenham Hotspur for striker Ayoze Perez while Manchester United remain keen.
The report goes on to say that Spurs made an enquiry in the summer and a January bid in the region of £15 million would suffice – a tidy profit on the £1.6 million Newcastle spent to sign him in 2014.
The Magpies, however, would probably be better off holding on to him.
That said, the reported figure is a vast difference to the amount they paid to sign him from Tenerife and the sudden interest in him is both a credit to the player and his manager.
Steve McClaren may not have been everybody’s first choice to succeed John Carver at St. James’ Park last summer, yet there is no doubting that the former Derby County boss is a talented coach.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, Perez’s recent performances and subsequent interest in him is testament to McClaren’s ability to vastly improve him as a player.
The table illustrates how the young Spanish striker has progressed from last season, averaging more shots, key passes, successful take-ons, accurate passes and ball recoveries per league encounter.
Moreover, Perez looks well set to beat the seven goals he scored last season and he already two assists to his name this time around, more than he managed in the entire 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
There seems to be good reason as to why United and Spurs are tracking him, with his development also earning a comment or two from Spain national team boss Vicente Del Bosque.
McClaren may have struggled in the opening two months of his Newcastle career, yet the players under his guidance are evidently improving and results are on the up too.