Newcastle Utd rejct chance to sign Swansea City’s Michu

Swansea City's Miguel Michu
Swansea City's Miguel Michu

SPANISH striker Michu is set for a loan move to Serie A side Napoli – after Newcastle United rejected the chance to sign him.

Napoli and Swansea are in talks over the transfer of Michu on a season-long loan.

Michu has not travelled with Swansea to the United States for their pre-season tour.

Bahia International, the company that represents Michu, confirmed that the clubs are in negotiations with a view to Michu joining Napoli on a one-season loan deal.

Newcastle were made aware of Michu’s situation, but as the Gazette reported last month he wasn’t one of their primary targets, with the Magpies pursuing other transfer targets to boost their strike options.

Michu moved to Swansea from Rayo Vallecano in a £2.2m transfer deal in the summer of 2012 and was the club’s top scorer with 22 goals in his first season.

The former Celta Vigo star struggled with knee and ankle problems which limited him to just 15 starts in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season.

The 28-year-old Michu is under contract with the Swans until 2017.

But the Welsh side have signed strike duo Bafetimbi Gomis – a former Newcastle target – and Marvin Emnes this summer, although the future of last season’s top goalscorer Wilfried Bony remains in doubt.

Napoli’s Spanish coach Rafa Benitez is looking to strengthen their attacking line ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign. The Naples outfit finished third in Serie A last season.