Newcastle star almost joined Porto last summer

first_imgNewcastle striker Ayoze Perez almost joined Porto in the summer, instead of the in-form Magpies.The 21-year-old has the scored the winner for Alan Pardew’s side in their last two Premier League matches with Tottenham and Liverpool both being crushed by the exciting young Spaniard.Newcastle payed Tenerife around £1.9m for the forward in the summer and he is already well on his way to repaying them by firing them away from the relegation zone and lifting the mood around St James’ Park after supporters campaigned against Pardew.But it could have been very different if the Portuguese giants – who could have guaranteed Perez Champions League football – completed the deal to sign the goal scorer.“I was very close to signing for Porto,” Perez said. “But for some small details we could not close the deal. Newcastle is now enhancing the way I play.” 1 Ayoze Perez in action for Newcastle last_img read more