Newcastle ready to rival Spurs in transfer hunt for Barcelona forward

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According to reports from The Guardian, Newcastle United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez. 

The Lilywhites were originally linked with the 20-year-old back in December amid their search for a dependable understudy to first-choice striker Harry Kane.

The 5 foot 9 attacker has bagged seven goals in 31 appearances for the Catalans at senior level – including three strikes in this season’s Copa del Rey tournament – following two productive campaigns with Barcelona B.

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But Ramirez’s contract expires at the end of the season and according to reports earlier this week, the Nou Camp outfit are more than happy to sell

But it appears Spurs are no longer alone in the race to sign the prodigious Spain U21, with The Guardian reporting that he’s now also a transfer target for Newcastle United.

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Ironically enough, the Magpies have turned to Ramirez after deeming Daniel Levy’s £14million valuation of Spurs winger Andros Townsend too excessive for a player who hasn’t appeared in any competition since October.

Ramirez’s Barcelona contract includes a £9million release clause, but a loan move to St. James’ Park is another possible scenario.

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