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Report: Tottenham in pole position for Newcastle attacker, player wants to stay in England

By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham are leading the chase for Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez, according to a report.

Football news website HITC claim that the Spaniard will be allowed to leave St James’ Park for the right price and that Spurs lead the race to purchase him.

It is said the London club see the 22-year-old forward as the perfect fit for their squad, given that he can play anywhere across the forward line.

However, they will face some real competition for his signature as rivals Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton have all registered an interest in the Magpies forward.

It is believed that the Tyneside club are set to let Perez leave this summer, but only if they get an offer of £10million with a sell-on clause for the young former Spanish Under-21 player.

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Rafael Benitez is ready to sanction the deal as he is not sure if the Spaniard would be suited to the Championship following their relegation and he feels that Aleksandar Mitrovic is the perfect man to lead his forward line.

Now a host of Premier League clubs are ready to make a move for the youngster who joined from Tenerife for £1.5million in  the summer of 2014.

Perez starred in 37 games across all competitions for Newcastle in the recently completed season, but he was unable to stop the club from suffering relegation.

In other Newcastle news, Former Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan has questioned the attitude of relegated Newcastle United.