Newcastle United and Southampton are just two of the clubs tracking former Barcelona man Sandro Ramirez, according to Sport-English.

The Malaga striker has hit 13 goals in La Liga this season and has played a huge part in maintaining Les Boquerones status as a top tier club in Spain.

That form has not gone unnoticed though, with many clubs across Europe casting admiring glances towards the forward.

Newcastle will be looking to seriously strengthen a squad that has arguably under-performed in the Championship this year, despite achieving promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Magpies will face a far stiffer test in the top flight next season and manager Rafael Benitez could well be looking to use his extensive knowledge of Spanish football to add an injection of quality into the squad at St James’ Park.

The former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager is set to undergo talks with controversial chairman Mike Ashley next week regarding transfer strategy, with a budget of £70 million reportedly being mooted.

If Benitez does get his way, a striker will almost certainly be earmarked as a priority given the injury concerns of Dwight Gayle and the patchy form of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

With Daryl Murphy edging towards the end of his career, Ramirez could well be the striker that Newcastle target to add some much needed firepower to the black-and-white ranks.

Southampton will be looking to build on a frantic season that has featured both Europa League football and a cup final next year.

Manager Claude Puel has had to battle against a plethora of injuries to key players this year and will be looking to boost the squad immensely in the summer should a similar plight occur next year.

The south coast club have a number of options in the forward positions but could see Ramirez as the perfect man to rival Manolo Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin and Shane Long for the striker role.

The Saints, who currently sit ninth in the Premier League, have been notorious for selling their top players in recent seasons and will no doubt have contingency plans in place should the vultures circle around St Mary’s Stadium once again.

With many clubs interested in Ramirez, it seems highly unlikely that Malaga will be able to hold onto the forward this year.

Should the player choose England as his preferred destination, the Premier League will be getting a strong, technically brilliant forward with an eye for goal.

At just 21, Ramirez has his best years ahead of him and could be the signing of the summer – for whoever decides to take the punt.

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