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Newcastle United: Journalist drops huge claim on Brazilian starlet being scouted

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Journalist Ross Gregory has claimed that Newcastle United could still bring in Brazilian starlet Angelo Gabriel further down the line.

Back in June Newcastle contacted the agent of the 17-year-old ace in order to sound out a possible transfer.

The Magpies sent their head of recruitment Steve Nickson to South America to scout the Santos right-winger earlier this month as their interest grew and were thought to be willing to offer £17m.

However, Gabriel’s current employers refused to negotiate at the quoted price and rejected the bid (globo).

Now though Gregory has insisted that this is an avenue that the Toon could revisit over the next 12 months as they do hold a strong interest in the player.

Speaking on NUFC Matters with Steve Wraith he said:

(7:44)”The interesting part on this one is that he’s been scouted a lot. Steve Nickson has been over in the last couple of weeks to Brazil to try and work on the deal, to get a bit closer to the deal. Get closer to Angelo’s representatives. Get closer to his family. It’s a really intriguing one this one because he is one of the most if not the most, currently highly rated young player coming out of Brazil.

“So one of those to watch this space it may be something that happens January, might be something for later on in next summer’s window but there’s definitely interest there.”

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The talented teen has certainly gained plenty of admirers throughout Europe with Barcelona, Liverpool and Real Madrid all tracking his progress according to Mark Douglas.

Not 18 until December, Gabriel has already made 77 appearances for Santos and played his part with two goals and four assists.

The reporter also added that Newcastle are ‘clearly trying to make an impact in South American market. Nickson has great contacts in Brazil & NUFC have Bruno & Joelinton to act as cheerleaders now too’ so perhaps that Brazilian contingent already in the northeast could work in the club’s favour.

The Samba starlet has also represented Brazil at U16 and U17 level and he could certainly be a worthwhile investment and considering his versatility in attacking areas he could solve more than one problem for Eddie Howe but with European giants circling they will be hoping to seal a deal sooner rather than later.

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