Newcastle United are now the reported favourites to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie, with Tottenham pulling out of the race for the Ecuador international.
According to InterLive, the Magpies have a free run at signing the Bundesliga wonderkid with Spurs and Liverpool both pulling out of negotiations for the 21-year-old, with Newcastle now seemingly set to land Hincapie in the summer transfer window.
With Inter Milan also unable to match what Leverkusen are asking for in Hincapie, the £80m-rated defender could soon be on his way to St. James Park, with Newcastle eager to splash the cash this summer after making just one major signing in the January market.
Regarded by many as one of the best defensive talents in Europe, Hincapie was impressive for Ecuador at the 2022 FIFA World Cup despite failing to get his nation out of the group stages, with the versatile defender’s stock continuing to rise.
Although Hincapie recently signed a new contract with Leverkusen, there is still an expectation that the centre-back will leave Germany in the summer. And following this latest update, Newcastle could now be set to beat Tottenham to the youngster’s signature.
Indeed, Newcastle have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League, and by adding Hincapie to their ranks, the Toon could have an incredible centre-back unit that already includes the likes of Sven Botman and Dan Burn, with Fabian Schar also an excellent option.
Newcastle signing Hincapie would be a huge blow for Tottenham
Given how strongly linked Tottenham have been to Hincapie in recent weeks, losing out on the defender now to Newcastle would feel like a bitter blow for Daniel Levy, especially when you consider how much Spurs could do with a young centre-back being added to their ranks.
Although a move to north London looked possible, it now looks like Newcastle have stormed in front of Tottenham in the race to sign Hincapie, who could become the Toon’s latest superstar defender following the incredible success of Botman and Burn in recent months.