By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is ready to enter talks with Newcastle if a bid is accepted between the two clubs, according to a report.
The Chronicle have detailed on their website that the Magpies are refusing to comment on whether they are in the race for the 28-year-old Spanish striker.
However, Perez himself is said to be open to a move to the north east of England after telling Arsene Wenger that he wants to quit after just one year at the club.
The Chronicle report also quotes claims from the London Evening Standard stating that Arsenal value Perez at £13.4million.
However, the Magpies are said to prefer a loan move and are not the only club targeting Perez this summer with former club Deportivo La Coruna submitting a £9million bid to bring him back to Spain.
The striker made the switch to the Emirates last summer in a £17.1million deal from Deportivo, agreeing a four-year contract, but he managed just 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals while also providing six.
Football Insider verdict:
Perez has had a miserable first season in England which saw him score just one Premier League goal in 11 matches. However, there is still a talented player somewhere in there, as he showed in the 2015-16 season where he bagged 17 goals in 36 La Liga matches. Now, working with a top quality Spanish coach in Rafa Benitez may be the best thing for him and he will certainly be presented with more playing time at Newcastle, who have just Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic vying for the forward spot than he is at Arsenal.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this defender is to return to the Magpies after failing to impress.