Sunday, 23rd October, 2011

Newcastle United have joined several clubs in monitoring Espanyol midfielder Javi Marquez.

The 25-year-old, who is a product of Espanyol’s highly rated youth academy, has popped up on the radar of a number of teams due to two considerations.

The first of these is Espanyol’s financial position – one which has made selling players something of a necessity.

Although the Catalan club have parted with a number of stars, it is believed that they could not resist a good offer for Marquez.

Also being taken into consideration is that Marquez’ contract with the Spanish side expires in 2013, meaning that next summer Espanyol may be forced to sell to realise maximum value from the midfielder.

Newcastle have raided Spanish football on several occasions in recent years, snapping up the likes of Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.

Manager Alan Pardew could look to repeat the trick with Marquez.

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