Newcastle’s hopes of signing teenage pair are in the balance

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez, who showed David Concha around the training ground.
Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez, who showed David Concha around the training ground.

Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Spanish teenagers David Concha and Jorge Mere are in the balance.

The club was involved in advanced talks over moves for the Concha and Mere last season.

United’s interest in Racing Santander winger Concha and Sporting Gijon defender Jorge Mere followed on from the success of Ayoze Perez after his move from Tenerife last summer.

The club was hopeful of reaching agreements with the players, valued at upwards of £1million each, and their cash-strapped clubs in January.

Concha was even shown around United’s training ground by Perez, who ended the season with seven Premier League goals.

But the proposed agreements were not finalised in the wake of Alan Pardew’s mid-season departure, and Mere now has more offers to consider from Spain AND the Premier League.

Everton’s Spanish manager Roberto Martinez sent scouts to watch Mere, a Spain Under-19 international, last season. And Real Betis and Valencia are reportedly interested in versatile Concha, also in Spain’s Under-19s.

New United head coach Steve McClaren this week sat down with managing director Lee Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr and board member Bob Moncur to discuss the club’s transfer plans.

The priority is to bring in senior players, but the success of Perez underlined the importance of tapping into youth talent.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford has turned down the chance to talk to McClaren about a move to Newcastle.

The forward impressed on a season-long loan at Championship club Middlesbrough last season. Bamford also had a spell at Derby County when Newcastle head coach McClaren was in charge at the iPro Stadium.

McClaren has reportedly inquired about taking Bamford to St James’s Park on loan.

But Bamford is focused on making an impression on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in pre-season.

l Newcastle United’s Papiss Demba Cisse is a target for Besiktas, according to a report in Turkey.

Cisse is wanted as a replacement for Cisse’s former St James’s Park team-mate and Senegalese countryman Demba Ba, who is set to return to England.