Newcastle close to signing Santiago Munoz

Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing Santiago Munoz from Mexican club Santos Luguna.

According to Mark Douglas (h/t the Sun, transfer live blog), the Magpies have secured a deal for the 19-year-old forward.

The youngster was withdrawn from the Mexican league’s all-star match amid strong links with a move to St James’ Park.

A fee has been agreed for Munoz, but Newcastle fear that they won’t be able to secure a work permit in time for deadline day on Tuesday.

Munoz has bagged three goals and three assists in the Mexican top division this season.

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If he joins the Magpies before Tuesday, he would become their second summer signing, following the arrival of Joe Willock from Arsenal.

The Magpies are operating on a tight budget this summer, and Steve Bruce is relying on loan moves and temporary deals.

He has suggested that the club need to sign a few players this summer, but he has found it really hard to secure their targets.

Apart from signing a forward, Bruce also needs to bring in a midfielder.

Matty Longstaff has joined Aberdeen on loan until the end of the season, and there is space for a new arrival.

Newcastle are also open to selling Sean Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick, Fabian Schar and Ciaran Clark, and it is likely to be a hectic final two days in the transfer window.

Read: Leicester City are interested in signing David Neres from Ajax.