Depor coach would sell Luque
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Joaquin Caparros will understand if Deportivo sell Albert Luque to Newcastle.Deportivo La Coruna coach Joaquin Caparros will understand if the club sell Albert Luque to Newcastle United.
Luque is being tracked by The Magpies, who are anxious to bring in a new striker before the close of the transfer window.
Both clubs have confirmed the discussions for a deal for Luque, with Deportivo wanting £10 million for the Spain international.
Newcastle are understood to have offered £7.5 million up to now, while there are also suggestions the club will throw Hugo Viana into the deal.
An accord has yet to be struck but Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd confirmed on Friday evening that the deal is not dead.
Shepherd's hopes of providing manager Graeme Souness with the signing of Luque are also likely to be boosted by the comments of Caparros.
The Depor coach would be happy for the hit-man to stay at the Riazor but concedes he would understand if the club wanted to accept a big offer.
"Although Luque does feature in my plans I would understand if the club decided to sell him if they got a good offer because we are in a delicate financial position at the moment," Caparros told El Mundo Deportivo.
"The way I think about it is that if we get a really good bid we should sell him because we can use the money to buy some young players who want to make their name at the club."
Meanwhile, Kieron Dyer has travelled to Germany in the hope of finally finding a solution to his fitness problems.
Dyer will miss Saturday's game against West Ham United while he looks for a cure for problems with his back, hamstring and shin splints.
Magpies boss Souness is hoping that the trip to Munich will enable Dyer to come up with a programme which will make the midfielder available for more matches.
Souness said: "It's to look at his fitness programme, to look at everything in fact.
"It's not a serious situation. It's just to make sure he's going to be available for all the games, not just some of them."