Tuesday 19

Newcastle United

Real Betis find alternative to Merino

13th June 2018, 14:32 by Simon Barlow

Real Betis have lined up an alternative to Newcastle's Mikel Merino in case he prefers to go to Athletic Bilbao or Real Sociedad.

The Andalusian club is reportedly back in for David Lopez after they were beaten to the midfielder's signature by Napoli four years ago.

Now at Espanyol, Rac 1 radio station claim Real Betis are preparing a £8.5million bid for the 28-year-old, days after newspaper Sport revealed there was a fresh interest.

And that is being interpreted as a signal that Merino may not be on his way to the Estadio Benito Villamarin, although they remain one of the three La Liga sides keen on the Magpies player.

The 20-year-old is understood to be weighing up the pros and cons of each club with Betis having at least one advantage as the only one of the trio that will play in Europe next season - in the Europa League.

But a move back to the Basque country may appeal to Merino, who was formerly at Pamplona-based Osasuna.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

More Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Newcastle mull over Sturridge opportunity

19th June 2018, 17:14

Daniel Sturridge has reportedly been offered to Newcastle United for £15million as the striker's Liverpool career looks set to end.

Newcastle United

Toon told to splash cash on Jorgensen

19th June 2018, 13:59

Newcastle United have been told by Feyenoord they will have to spend at least £20m if they are to land striker Nicolai Jorgensen.

Newcastle United

Newcastle quest for Murphy

18th June 2018, 16:28

Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy says he is keen to establish himself in the side after a decent first season at the club.

Newcastle United

Juve ace on Toon radar

18th June 2018, 03:02

Newcastle are keen on Juventus midfielder Stefan Sturaro and are reported to have lodged an opening bid of £11.5million.

Newcastle United

Magpies eye Townsend reunion

15th June 2018, 15:52

Rafa Benitez is eyeing up a reunion with ex-Newcastle winger Andros Townsend amid talk of a £15m bid for the Crystal Palace man.

Newcastle United

Rafa hoping for summer spending boost

15th June 2018, 12:26

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is hoping his summer transfer kitty will get a boost as he aims to re-shape his squad.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Reports

Russia 3-1 Egypt

19th June 2018, 20:56

Hosts Russia have one foot in the last-16 of the World Cup after eliminating Egypt with a 3-1 Group A win in St Petersburg.


Murray loses out to Kyrgios on return

19th June 2018, 19:35

Andy Murray lost to Nick Kyrgios in three sets at Queen's Club as he made a positive return from a near 12-month injury absence.


McGinley calls on McIlroy to address his issues

19th June 2018, 19:33

Paul McGinley has told Rory McIlroy he needs to "take a new attitude" in his career in order to achieve his aim of winning more Majors.

Leicester City

New season will be great - Albrighton

19th June 2018, 19:07

Marc Albrighton says the anticipation is already building ahead of Leicester City's new Premier League season.

West Ham United

Diop completes West Ham move

19th June 2018, 18:48

West Ham have confirmed the club-record signing of Toulouse defender Issa Diop on a five-year deal.

Match Reports

Poland 1-2 Senegal

19th June 2018, 18:05

Senegal became the first African side to win a match at this World Cup by securing a 2-1 victory against Poland in Moscow.

Formula 1

Mercedes will improve - Wolff

19th June 2018, 17:43

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has backed the team to fight back after admitting they need to raise their game.

PSV Eindhoven

Dumfries lands at PSV

19th June 2018, 17:18

Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven have completed the signing of right-back Denzel Dumfries from Heerenveen on a five-year contract.