Newcastle United target Spanish prodigy

Spain and Al Ahli midfielder Gabri Veiga
Spain and Al Ahli midfielder Gabri Veiga. Photo by Shutterstock.

Newcastle United are considering making a move for Spanish midfielder Gabri Veiga in the January transfer window.

The Magpies have turned their attention to the 21-year-old, currently with Al Ahli, in a bid to shore up their midfield during the January transfer window, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes.

This move comes in the wake of Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban, leaving the Magpies scrambling for a midfield maestro.

Veiga, who ascended through the ranks of Celta Vigo and made his senior debut in the summer of 2022, enjoyed a stellar inaugural season that put him on the radar of Europe’s elite clubs. However, he made the unexpected move to Saudi Pro League’s Al-Ahli.

Despite settling in at Al-Ahli, Newcastle’s expressed desire to snag the young Spaniard could be facilitated by the shared ownership of the Magpies and Al-Ahli under the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) umbrella, potentially smoothing over negotiations for a winter transfer.

The PIF-backed Newcastle has seen significant investment since the takeover, including the high-profile acquisition of Tonali from AC Milan. However, financial fair play concerns have restricted their spending power, prompting a pivot towards PIF-linked clubs for reinforcements.