Diego Perotti is linked ahead of Newcastle United's winger clearout

Newcastle United have reportedly entered talks with former Argentina winger Diego Perotti

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images Diego Perotti of Sevilla
Diego Perotti of Sevilla

A clearout of Newcastle United’s wingers could see Diego Perotti join, according to reports.

The Magpies are keen to move on Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux this summer and are said to be in talks with Argentina international Perotti.

Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko were often used wide last season, even though Sissoko is a central midfielder and Gouffran may be needed at centre-forward next term.

Perotti is a right-footed left-winger who has fallen out of favour at Sevilla and was loaned to Boca Juniors at the turn of the year.

The 25-year-old is expected to be available for around £3.5m.

With Champions League and Europa League matches under his belt, if Newcastle can rediscover the form which earned Perotti two Argentina caps he represents good value.

Troubled by calf and muscle injuries in the last three years, Perotti has struggled to tie down a regular place at Sevilla.

However, Newcastle showed with Demba Ba and Dan Gosling they are prepared to take a risk on a player with a troublesome injury record if the price is right.

It was clear at the end of last season manager Alan Pardew had lost patience with Ben Arfa, while a clause in Gutierrez’s contract entitling him to a pay rise if he made five more appearances saw him loaned out.

Obertan has not fulfilled the promise which once persuaded Manchester United to sign him, while Marveaux never won Pardew over.

More important still than new wingers are centre-forwards, with Papiss Cisse recovering from a knee injury.

It seems neither party is in a hurry for Bafetimbi Gomis to join Newcastle, however.

Although the Frenchman is a long-standing target, Gomis is not the Magpies’ top priority.

With plenty of options available to him, most notably in Turkey, at the end of his Lyon contract, Gomis is in no rush either.

He said: “For now, what I need most of all is a holiday.”

Shola Ameobi was released at the end of the season, while Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong’s loans will not be made permanent.

Teenager Adam Armstrong was introduced to the first team at the end of last season but is still awaiting his first senior goal.

Cisse has tweeted his recovery from a knee injury is progressing well, but it is unclear if he will be fit for the start of the season.

Meanwhile, academy players Paul Woolston, Lewis Suddick, Ben Pollock, Stefan Broccoli, Michael Newberry, Luke Charman, Jamie Holmes, Jack Hunter, Louis Johnson, Sean Longstaff, Ben Smith, Jake Trodd and Dan Ward have signed scholarships with the squad.


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