St James’ Park side keen on Valencia winger.
Valencia winger Vicente expects to join a Premier League club on a free transfer this summer and will make a decision on his future in the next few days.
The 29-year-old is out of contract with Valencia at the end of this month after 11 years with the Primera Liga side.
Blackburn, Newcastle and top-flight newcomers Swansea have all been linked with a swoop for the former Spain international.
And Vicente admits he “desires to play in the Premier League” and is close to reaching a deal.
He told Spanish newspaper Superdeporte: “In a few days I will decide my future and it will be in England.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Having brought in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux on free transfers it seems that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is keen to use his apparent shoestring budget to bring in the hugely experienced Valencia winger Vicente this summer.
Mapgies owner Mike Ashley appears unwilling to fork out much, if any, of the funds made from the £35m sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and that has led Pardew to having to look around for players who are without contracts and the 29 year old former Spanish international would appear therefore to be one of the best around who can be purchased for nothing.
Vicente has just completed his 11th season at Valencia and was a crucial part of the Mestalla club’s two La Liga successes.
Pardew will be looking to bring in top notch new additions in order to appease the likes of Jonas Gutierrez, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton who have all been strongly linked with St James’ Park exits but one wonders if the bringing in of freebies, albeit seemingly very good ones, is enough to prove the club has ambitions to push on towards the top six.