One area that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is looking to strengthen in the summer is the right side of defence, given the uncertainty over Danny Simpson’s future, and the Magpies have identified FC Twente defender Roberto Rosales as a top target.
Pardew was in Holland once again last weekend as he watched FC Twente lose to Dutch domestic champions Ajax, and it was thought that he was casting an eye over long term target Douglas. However, TribalFootball.com is reporting that it was his Venezuelan teammate Rosales who was under the spotlight.
23-year-old Roberto Rosales has a huge amount of international experience under his belt, having played more than 30 times for his country, and the South American has been making his mark on the continent in recent years.
Rosales joined Belgian club Gent in 2007 and after three seasons moved onto FC Twente, where he has been a regular over the last two years. It is being reported that Rosales had the chance to return to the Juliper League with Anderlecht this summer, but has turned it down in the hope of securing a more lucrative move to Germany or indeed the Premier League
Roberto Rosales has just one year left on his contract and it’s widely expected that he’ll be sold by Twente, for whom he has played Champions League football and became the first Venezuelan to score in the competition, when he netted against Tottenham back in 2010.
Rosales would be available for less than £5 million and could be just one of a number of players currently playing in The Netherlands that Pardew tries to bring to Newcastle in the summer, alongside the likes of Erik Pieters and of course Douglas.
Here is his goal against Spurs, where Rosales shows that despite being just 5ft 9in tall, he’s more than useful in the air…