Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez remains a genuine transfer target for both Arsenal and Manchester United, after a breakthrough season on Tyneside which has surpassed expectations.
Perez has scored against the Gunners, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in his first Premier League season, justifying a cut-price £1.5 million move from Spanish second-division side Tenerife last summer.
The Magpies could yet be offered the chance to make a massive profit on that investment inside 12 months, with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporting that Premier League heavyweights continue to track the 21-year-old very closely.
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Talent well worth watching
A goal tally of five in 27 won't set the pulses of many top scouts racing, but Perez has shown flashes of pace and end product in the final third that demand attention, particularly in a debut campaign leading the line for a horribly inconsistent team.
Perez should certainly be interesting United, a team who continued to look devoid of a spark up front. The Spanish starlet may not possess the experience of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, but he's frightened a number of Premier League defenders with his pace and skill over the last six months and neither of United's misfiring pair can say the same.
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Arsenal should steer clear, different story elsewhere
Arsenal may be monitoring the Newcastle starlet, but they have an embarrassment of riches in attack and can't make room for Perez to play even if they'd like to.
United are a far more realistic move for Perez, with Louis van Gaal in desperate need of attacking reinforcements ahead of next season. Falcao will almost certainly not be moving to Old Trafford permanently, while Van Persie is on the slide and Javier Hernandez will be sold to the highest bidder this season.
Perez is by no means a potential first-choice option but could offer United an exciting, fresh alternative in attack, one that would significantly improve Van Gaal's options from the bench in one move.
Newcastle are facing an exodus this summer and have been proven to do business if offered the right price for their best players, expect Perez to be a similar story if United, Arsenal or anyone else comes calling when the current campaign finally closes.
Man United and Arsenal fans, is Perez a player worth considering? Is he good enough to make a difference at the top end of the Premier League table? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!