Newcastle United close in on Tenerife hitman

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NEWCASTLE United remain in pole position to sign Spanish striker Ayoze Perez, who will leave Tenerife this summer, writes DANIEL PRINCE.

Perez, who has scored 16 goals in 33 appearances this season in Spain’s second tier, is expected to sign a five-year deal with Newcastle, who have been looking to see off competition from Porto, Everton and Swansea for the 20-year-old’s signature.

Should he join, Perez is likely to link up with the Magpies’ development side, but will be expected to make a first-team impact next season.

There have been reports the deal to bring Perez to Tyneside is done, but the player’s agent has denied that is the case.

Confirmation of the transfer may not come until as late as June 22, with Tenerife still locked in a battle for play-off positions in the Segunda Division. They are 10th with three games to go, sitting just two points outside the play-off places.

Should Tenerife, whose last league game is on June 8, make the play-offs, their season may not end until the 22nd, when the play-off final second leg will be held.

Perez’s agent, Olaf Bonales, told Sky Sports: “There is nothing to say at the moment in terms of news.This would normally be at the end of a season. Tenerife have made some contact with us, but Ayoze will not be with the club next season.”

Perez trained as usual yesterday with Tenerife, despite reports suggesting he has already been to Tyneside to discuss a move. His release clause of £1.8million will be met by Newcastle, though, as they look to boost their attacking options.