Merino success should encourage Newcastle to join Oyarzabal chase

Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad controls the ball during the pre season friendly match between St Johnstone and Real Sociedad at Bayview on July 12, 2015 in Methil, Scotland.

Newcastle United should enter the race for Mikel Oyarzabal, who has been linked to Tottenham.

Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad controls the ball during the pre season friendly match between St Johnstone and Real Sociedad at Bayview on July 12, 2015 in Methil, Scotland.

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Spanish breakthrough talent Mikel Oyarzabal, who has scored seven goals for Real Sociedad this season.

Calciomercato report Tottenham are battling Juventus for his signature - but Newcastle United should pay close attention to his situation.

Managed by respected Spanish boss Rafa Benitez, Newcastle's rumoured takeover will transform their transfer budget for the January transfer window.

But money is not Newcastle's strongest argument. Instead they need to point to new signing Mikel Merino.

Newcastle player Mikel Merino in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle loaned Merino from Borussia Dortmund in the summer and have been so impressed by him they quickly agreed a deal to sign him permanently.

The success of the young Spanish midfielder should persuade Newcastle to pursue Oyarzabal, and believe a deal is possible.

Serbia's midfielder Sasa Lukic (L) and Spain's midfielder Mikel Oyarzabal and Serbia's midfielder Andrija Zivkovic vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B...

Oyarzabal, 20, is a winger who has already been capped by Spain, but while he remains a Real Sociedad player, bigger clubs will continue to hover.

Newcastle must try to persuade him that they are the right club for him at this stage of his career, and need to only point to Merino to demonstrate to the youngster it can be a positive career move.

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