Ayoze Perez has only scored one goal for Newcastle United in the Premier League this season and that came in his side’s 1-0 victory over Watford earlier this month.

The Spaniard’s goal also helped the Magpies seal their first league win of this campaign and they followed it with another three points against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Earlier this year, we carried a report from El Gol Digital, who claimed the forward was a target for Real Betis in the summer, but no deal took shape.

The same outlet now claims the La Liga outfit have made the 25-year-old a ‘priority’ target as he once again ‘returns to the orbit’ of Betis, who won their first league match in a month by defeating Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Despite their latest win, the La Liga side’s sporting director, Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, has decided to strengthen Betis’ attacking division and made Perez a target.

It’s also claimed a ‘powerful operation’ is being prepared by Rafael Benitez’s side for Porto’s Yacine Brahimi and the report states the Tynseside club want him ‘at all costs’.

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If he arrived at St James’ Park in January, then Perez’s minutes could reduce and it could provide Betis an opportunity to make an approach for him.

That’s the hope from Spain, anyway. The phrase ‘at all costs’ and Newcastle United don’t exactly sit well together.