Newcastle hold talks to sign €35m forward who scored St James’ Park hat-trick – Report

Ferran Torres has become the latest name to be linked with a summer move to St James’ Park today.

According to Steve Kay at Football Transfers, Newcastle United are weighing up a move for the former Man City forward following ‘internal discussions’ on Tyneside.

The report states that Howe values his Premier League experience and versatility, with the 23-year-old able to play down either flank or up front.

Torres only joined Barcelona last year, but it wasn’t long ago he was scoring goals at St James’ Park, netting a hat-trick in City’s 4-3 win over Steve Bruce’s Mags back in May 2021.

Football Transfers believe that a fee in the region of €35m may be enough to bring the Spanish international back to England. The player himself is in no rush to leave the No Camp, but ‘could change his mind’ should an offer arrive from a Premier League side able to offer Champions League football.

The former Valencia star has 15 goals in 35 appearances for Spain – a superb record at his age – and netted 16 times in 43 appearances during his time at the Etihad. Game time has been hard to come by at Barcelona this season, but he’s still caught the eye in Europe with three goals in five UCL outings.

He’s young, versatile, is no stranger to English football and could blossom into a top player with the right coaching, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s one of several forwards currently being looked at.