Newcastle and Crystal Palace reportedly join Guardiola in Junior Firpo chase

Pep Guardiola the manager of Manchester City during the teams training session prior to the UEFA Champions League quater final 1st leg at Anfield on April 3, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Junior Firpo's La Liga form for Real Betis has reportedly attracted Premier League trio Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

Junior Firpo of Real Betis Balompie celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Sociedad at Estadio Benito Villamari on DECEMBER 2, 2018 in...

A new centre forward appears to be what Newcastle United and Crystal Palace need most from the January transfer window but a left-back wouldn’t go amiss either.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been forced to try out Matt Ritchie in an unfamiliar wing-back role with Paul Dummett out injured while there is a lack of competition for Patrick Van Aanholt at Palace, particularly with Pape Souare out of favour.

 

And, according to ABC Sevilla, the Premier League duo have both turned to a highly-rated Spain U21 international with the winter window set to open next month.

It is claimed that Newcastle and Crystal Palace have sent scouts to watch Real Betis’ Junior Firpo in action of late and they will surely have been impressed. Junior has scored three goals in his last four La Liga matches, including the winner against Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Hector Junior Firpo Adames of Real Betis Balompie reacts during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Betis Balompie at Wanda Metropolitano on October 7, 2018 in...

But with ABC Sevilla pointing out that Junior has a £44 million release clause in his contract, Benitez and Roy Hodgson will surely need Betis to accept a cut-price deal if they are to stand any chance of bringing Junior to England.

The Sun stated back in November that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is also a big fan of the Santo Domingo-born talent, which sums up just how exciting he is.

And City, who have lost Benjamin Mendy to another long-term injury, certainly have the funds to blow their Premier League counterparts out of the water.

Pep Guardiola the manager of Manchester City during the teams training session prior to the UEFA Champions League quater final 1st leg at Anfield on April 3, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

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