Sky Sports have this evening confirmed that Newcastle are on the verge of taking Atletico Madrid left-back, Guilheme Siqueira on loan until the Summer.
BREAKING: We understand Newcastle are on the verge of agreeing to take Athletico Madrid left back Guilherme Siqueira on loan til the summer.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 29, 2016
The 29 year-old left-back Siqueira has fallen out of favour after the re-signing of Filipe Luis last Summer and has been linked with a host of clubs recently.
He turned down a move to Benfica over the summer, and was reportedly on the brink of a move to Juventus. However, the move never materialized and he has spent most of the time on the sidelines at Athletico in recent months.
Siqueira has spent most of his career in Italy, playing for the likes of Inter Milan, Lazio (youth teams) and Udinese before moving to Granada in 2010. There, he impressed enough to earn a move to Athletico but, having failed to cement a fir-team place, he was keen to move on this January.
Siqueira is now Newcastle’s fourth addition this January, following the signings of Shelvey, Saivet and Townsend. It is believed we are also in the hunt for a striker with the likes of Doumbia having been heavily linked in the past few hours.
He may not have performed as well as anticipated since his move to Athletico, but he certainly not short of talent. Here is what resident Sky Sports La Liga expert, Guillem Balague had to say about him:
Siqueira: clever guy, always cheerful. Better attackng than defendng but learnt lots with Simeone. If he goes at Newcstle he’ll adapt easily
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 29, 2016
We have also been linked with Arsenal and England international left-back, Kieran Gibbs as well as Valencia LB, Lucas Orban. It is clear that Newcastle need to strengthen in that department and, considering how much we have already spent in this window (the most of any team in Europe), a loan move sounds like a sensible option.