Newcastle United have put together a development plan for Peruvian youngster Rodrigo Vilca – but the negotiations between his club Deportivo Municipal and his agent are ongoing.
Steve Bruce is aware of the talks but the player is deemed as Under-23 material and wouldn’t be involved with the first-team squad this season.
There have also been talks on loaning the player out to another European league with clubs in Holland consulted.
Vilca’s development would be overseen by the likes of Academy bosses Joe Joyce and Ben Dawson.
A fee of around £250,000 has been mooted for 21-year-old Vilca and Newcastle believe they have offered the player a fantastic opportunity to develop.
Sources at United have suggested Newcastle are committed to the talks but they will continue to discuss the deal with 10 days of the window remaining.
Bruce is keen to see the signing of Vilca completed but knows it is a long-term project as he looks to improve the club’s Under-23 squad.
When asked about his future earlier this year Vilca told Peruvian media outlet Once: “In one or two years I will emigrate to a good foreign league to continue evolving my game.
“From South America, I really like the Brazilian league, and from Europe, the English and Spanish leagues.”
Toon legend Nobby Solano told ChronicleLive this week: “He’s been in training with the national side and he’s very technically gifted.
“But he’s still in the process of development.
“It’s only in the last season that he played first-team football at Deportivo Municipal.
“We are just keeping an eye on how he’s doing, it is still early as he is yet to get an international cap.
“It is looking like a player with prospects with a project ahead of him.
“He needs to show development, it is not about five or 10 games it is about consistency.
“I was surprised but happy to see him linked with Newcastle.
“It’s another Peruvian player who could one day play in the Premier League.
“As it stands it’s still just talks.”