Newcastle United have reportedly tabled an offer worth €40 million for prolific Spanish striker Borja Iglesias, who could leave Real Betis in the summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Borja Iglesias is the subject of interest from Newcastle United over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Magpies have made an offer of around €40 million to secure the services of the Spanish striker after a successful season with Real Betis.
Newcastle United could very well be on the lookout for a new striker this summer. Callum Wilson finished the season as their top-scorer with eight goals despite spending almost four months out of action with an injury, which is the perfect indictment to make Newcastle’s case. Chris Wood has failed to hit the ground running since his £25 million January arrival from Burnley, scoring just two goals.
While Wilson did impress upon his return towards the end of the season and is a proven Premier League striker capable of scoring around 15 goals every season, he has not been able to stay fit enough, as suggested by his poor injury track-record. So if Newcastle are to build upon their 11th-placed finish and compete among the elite in the near future, they will need someone who can find the back of the net on a more consistent basis.
Newcastle have been linked with several top strikers in recent months, like Darwin Nunez, Victor Osimhen, Hugo Ekitike, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and more. Now, as per Fichajes, Real Betis’s 29-year-old forward, Borja Iglesias, has also been featuring on their radar lately.
A Celta Vigo academy product, Iglesias’s stock has seen a dramatic rise this season as he not only scored 19 goals in 51 games across all competitions but also helped Real Betis reach the UEFA Europa League knockout stages. The Spanish striker’s goal in the Copa del Rey final was also critical in Los Verdiblancos lifting their first trophy since 2005.
Iglesias recently extended his contract until 2026, but Betis are in a bit of financial distress despite their remarkable success this season under Manuel Pellegrini. The Andalusian club may need funds to balance the books for the next few years, making the 29-year-old forward a saleable asset.
As far as Newcastle are concerned, investing €40 million in Iglesias to join an already ageing striking department consisting of Wood and Wilson does not make much sense in the long run. Moreover, the 29-year-old has not been consistent enough in La Liga to suggest he would be a worthy signing for Newcastle.