Newcastle's South American starlet chase has a familiar feel to it

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Newcastle United are reportedly hot on the heels of promising Peruvian starlet Paolo Hurtado according to the People.

The 20-year-old midfielder, dubbed the 'next Nolberto Solano' rose to prominence playing for the Peru U20 national side, and there are said to have been a number of enquiries as to his availability.

Hurtado has been identified as a potential replacement for Joey Barton should he leave St. James' Park this summer after the recent controversy surrounding his activity on social media outlet Twitter.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is keen to keep hold of Barton, but orders from the Newcastle hierarchy suggest that the player will be available to any club interested in his services for no transfer fee whatsoever.


Newcastle's history of developing South American players on Tyneside has had mixed results, but with a current contingent of Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez plying their trade for the Barcode Army, Pardew may be prepared to consider additional acquisitions.

Solano was a fans' favourite during his successful six-year spell with Newcastle between 1998 and 2004, later returning to the club for a further two seasons before leaving in 2007, so Hurtado's comparison to 'Nobby' will likely go down well with the Toon faithful.

Hurtado's current club Alianza Lima are thought to be holding out for a £500,000 fee which shouldn't be a problem for the Barclays Premier League outfit, but the more likely issue will be the obtaining of a work permit - potentially making a deal impossible.

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