Newcastle unlikely to sign Marrony

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Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas does not see Newcastle United signing Marrony from Vasco da Gama this summer.

The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Thursday that a move for the 20-year-old forward is unlikely despite Portuguese newspaper Record claiming that the Magpies are in advanced talks over a deal.

Marrony might struggle to earn a UK work permit which he would require to be able to play for Newcastle.

However, as reported by South American football expert Tim Vickery on talkSPORT, Marrony lacks international experience and would be unlikely to earn high wages if he was to head to St James’ Park.


Newcastle can still sign Marrony if he does not obtain a work permit. However they would have to send him out on loan to a country where he can earn one so that he can continue playing and work his way towards getting clearance to play in England. Everton have done the same with Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru, who they signed from KAS Eupen a couple of years ago before sending him out on loan to Galatasaray and Anderlecht. Onyekuru’s case at Everton shows why it would be risky to sign Marrony and then adopt this approach because even after two years out on loan and playing international football for Nigeria, Onyekuru is still yet to win a work permit for the UK. Newcastle are better off pursuing other targets. There will be other players out there in Europe, or even in this country, who will be available for a similar price and have good resale value.

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