Newcastle United face battle for £5m La Liga target

Newcastle United are thought to be plotting a summer bid for Victor Camarasa, but they could face some stiff competition for his signature.

It looks likely that the Magpies season will once more fade out to a fairly unremarkable end, as John Carver’s side hover in the safety of mid-table. Whilst there is no danger of them being dragged into a relegation zone they currently have a 13-point advantage over, their hopes of European football next season are almost certainly over as they trail sixth place by 15 points.

Whether Carver remains in charge next term remains to be seen, but whoever succeeds Alan Pardew on a permanent basis will hope to receive a handsome transfer kitty for the summer. And according to John Cross in The Mirror, the St James’ Park club have already identified one potential addition in the shape of Spain Under-21 international midfield player Camarasa, of Levante.

The 20-year-old has impressed for Les Granotes this season, despite their battle to remain in the top-flight. Having made three first team appearances last season he has seen more action this time round, and has figured in 16 league games – of which he started 15 – and has also played four times in the Copa del Rey before they were knocked out by Malaga in the Round of 16.

Camarasa remains under contract at the Ciutat de Valencia until the end of the 2018-19 season, but it is believed the club are prepared to sell him in the summer to ease their current financial difficulty. The Mirror claim Newcastle are lining up an offer of £5million for the youngster, yet they look set to face stiff competition from Sevilla and a host of Serie A clubs in Italy.

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