Swansea City's flying winger could leave the Liberty in the summer and Newcastle United are on the lookout for a winger.
Rafael Benitez’s desire to sign a left winger in January was one of football’s worst kept secrets. Therefore, the Spaniard was understandably irate when a reported deal for Andros Townsend came to nothing amid speculation that owner Mike Ashley had reinstated his controversial, profit-seeking transfer policy.
However, while Townsend slipped through the net, The Chronicle reports that the Magpies were also in pole position for Swansea City speedster Modou Barrow, only for Leeds United to swoop in on deadline day and sign him on loan for the remainder of the season.
Although, according to page 61 of the Sun (12/02), Newcastle could make up for missing out on the Gambian by swooping for his former Liberty Stadium teammate.
The publication reports that the Championship leaders are preparing to go head-to-head with Ligue 1’s surprise package Nice for jet-heeled Ecuadorian Jefferson Montero in the summer, a deal which should enthrall fans of a club renowned for its adoration of thrilling wide men.
Montero may lack the genius of David Ginola or the maverick charms of Hatem Ben Arfa but his raw pace could get St James’ Park rising to its feet – and Aleksandar Mitrovic back among the goals.
The 27-year-old has shone all too briefly in Swansea colours, starting just twice this season, but his electric debut campaign, in which he contributed seven league assists, suggests that he is surely worth a punt.
Furthermore, his penchant for standing up a cross at the back post could get the best out of burly target man Mitrovic; a 6ft 2ins battering ram of a forward who thrives on floated crosses.
The Serbian has failed to convince Benitez that he is worthy of regular game time this season but the addition of Montero could offer Newcastle a viable Plan B ahead of their top flight return.