Leicester City close in on deal for Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez
Jul 05 2019
Speculation regarding new owners has died down over the last couple of weeks, and with the Premier League season set to begin in just over four weeks, the Magpies need to sign a new manager soon.
Leicester City have completed the signing of attacker Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United - and some of the club's supporters on Twitter are buzzing about the deal.
"I'm very happy and very pleased".
"The club wants to keep growing as much as they can and that's something I like. That made me feel very comfortable with the decision to come here".
His future has been called into question in recent months, though, with reports over the past week suggesting he is unhappy with the Magpies lack of progress - as well as their unwillingness to commit to manager Rafa Benitez, who has now departed the club to join Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.
It is claimed the Foxes will splash out a transfer fee of around £30million to capture the Spaniard's signature after triggering a buy-out clause in the 25-year-old's contract.
Perez becomes Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the summer transfer window - Luton Town right-back James Justin was first through the door.
Perez, who was bought from Tenerife for £1.5m in June 2014, has scored 48 times in 195 appearances for Newcastle and got the winning goal on each of his previous two visits to King Power Stadium.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is determined to appoint a manager with Premier League experience, and contact is believed to have been made with Martinez's intermediaries regarding the switch.
Perez has spent the last five years in English football.