Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear is looking to add to his contingent of Argentines at the North East club, with Lucas Mareque of Independiente on the Magpies wish list when the transfer window reopens in January.
Newcastle already have two Argentines on the books at St James’ Park after the summer signings of Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini. Kinnear, who took over at the Toon from Kevin Keegan in September has been pleased with the way that Coloccini and Gutierrez have settled in the Premier League and is now ready to try and add left-back Mareque to his squad in January.
Kinnear said: “Lucas Mareque is a player we are looking to bring in from Independiente in the January transfer window and we are trying to find out what that would entail.
“He is 6ft 2ins and height is something we could do with in our back four.
“We have looked at the way our own Argentineans Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini have settled in and we have spoken to them about Mareque and they have given us glowing reports.”
25-year-old Mareque joined Independiente from FC Porto in 2008, having been on loan from the Liga Sagres Champions since 2007 and has made 52 appearances for the Diablos during his time at the Estadio Libertadores de America.