Toon interested in Espanyol star

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In a move that will certainly excite Newcastle fans, Alan Pardew has turned his attention to the possible signing of Espanyol forward and winger Jose Maria Callejon.

The Spanish 24 year old has been lauded for his strength in goal scoring as well as pace and passing ability, which reports in the Daily Mail say would suit Toon manager Pardew’s desire for quality and speed.

Callejon, who played for Real Madrid before moving to Espanyol in 2008, has also expressed a desire to move to England.


Newcastle received a £35 million cash injection in January as striker Andy Carroll left for Liverpool, and this has only increased speculation that the recently promoted club will be looking to freshen up their squad in the summer period.

Pardew told reporters yesterday that he was concerned about how Newcastle would travel in their second season since being promoted from the Npower Championship. “Believe me, the second year after promotion is always tougher," he said.

“You don’t have the initial burst of adrenalin after promotion and it is something we have to start thinking about now and laying the foundations.”

Pardew went to watch Callejon earlier in the month, and while the winger has been linked to Everton and Wigan, Pardew is reportedly keen on adding Callejon to the Newcastle list for the 2011/12 season.

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