Newcastle target the next Nolberto Solano

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Newcastle are looking to Pervuvian starlet Paolo Hurtado to bolster their midfield ranks and become the next Nolberto Solano at St James’ Park. The Magpies have not always had the best of luck with players from South America, with Diego Gavilan and Clarence Acuna just two players that failed to settle in the north-east, but more recently the Argentine pair of Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez have made their mark at Newcastle. Solano remains arguably the most successful South American to wear the famous black and white stripes, so can compatriot Hurtado follow in Nobby’s footsteps?

20 year old Paolo Hurtado currently plies his trade for Alianza Lima in Peru. Little is known about the young Peruvian, but the winger who stands at 1.77m is thought to have been tracked by Alan Pardew’s staff for some time. Hurtado has been watched by Newcastle’s scouts whilst playing for the Peru U20 national side; as a right winger he is thought to be very much in the mould of Solano. This is a position that has become more pressing for Newcastle as of late with Joey Barton’s future unclear, but Hurtado would be unlikely to break straight into the first team in any matter.

It is thought that the biggest stumbling block standing in the way of Hurtado moving to Tyneside is acquiring a work permit. Valued at around £500,000, the young Peruvian is likely to need to have a European background for him to be able to move to Newcastle – something which is yet to be established. Hurtado most certainly fits Newcastle’s transfer policy of signing exciting young players from around the world, and if a bid is made and work permit is given, this is what the young Peruvian could offer the Magpies going forward – take a look at the third goal…

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While Paolo Hurtado is something of an unknown quantity, we can all remember what Nolberto Solano brought to the club. Signed by Newcastle back in 1998, the Peruvian had two spells at St James’ Park, spanning 8 years between 1998 and 2007. During that time Solano racked up more than 200 appearances for the Magpies and netted close to 50 times for the club. More than goals, though, it was assists that Nobby was renowned for, providing many a delicious cross for Alan Shearer over the years.

Solano became a firm fans’ favourite at the start of the century, and was well liked by the players too, hosting many barbecues for his teammates. If Hurtado was to come to Newcastle, he’d have the ideal person to show him round and help him settle in, and fortunately Nobby is still in the area. Solano is currently playing for League One club Hartlepool and has even scored against Sunderland this season, netting against the Mackems in a pre-season friendly. Here’s a celebration of Nolberto Solano that certainly brings back the memories…

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  • JP...from The Rock says:

    Mannnn I miss those days of Solano, Shearer, Robert, Bellamy- Sir Bobby’s Entertainers. We might have The NEW Entertainers in Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Marveoux, Obertan.

    We still desperately cry out for a that quality striker, Ba is OK but we need THE CHOSEN ONE. Doesn’t Shearer have a son???????? If not he’d better start making one.

  • deano says:

    Arguably George and Ted Robledo were Newcastle’s most successful South Americans, with FA Cup winners medals between them. Nobby was and remains a absolute star and no one can fault his committment to Newcastle over the years.

  • Gilly says:

    Shearer has a son but he plays for a local team and isn’t very good. We need Sturridge or Sjulamani but we won’t because it costs more than £4m


    dint think we ganna buy another midfield despite what you say lmao

  • Gian says:

    You guys, here’s a Alianza Lima’s fan, sharing my opinion with you all, about having Hurtado play for Newcastle: go for him; he’s young, he’s fast, easily gets to the opposite area, passes the ball very good, shoots for goal very often, and goes back to his area quickly to help defenders. Here’s a plus, comparing him to midfielders from other countries: he’s cheaper, starting price is, I believe, $500,000; if Newcastle goes shopping to, let’s say, Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay, the price would go higher.
    I hope Newcastle does get him.
    Los Angeles, CA

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