Luque targets Betis move

Striker ready to leave Newcastle

Luque: Attracted by Betis

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Newcastle forward Albert Luque is keen to rejoin former coach Hector Cuper at Real Betis.

Betis president Manuel Ruiz de Lopera is reported to have met the player's father and agent Rafael Luque in Newcastle recently to discuss a transfer.

And Luque has confirmed that he would jump at the chance to move and link-up with his old Real Mallorca boss.

"It would be an honour to play for a club with great prestige like Betis, they are one of the biggest clubs in Spain," Luque told the Spanish press.

"Also, Hector Cuper is there and he was the coach that gave me my chance in the first division at Mallorca. It was against Villarreal and, I think, we won 2-0.

"Seville is a fantastic city and Betis have incredible supporters. They are also building a great team."

Spanish return

Luque has not been able to establish himself at St James' Park since his £9.5million move from Deportivo La Coruna in 2005, and the arrivals of Mark Viduka and Alan Smith have further increased competition for places.

He is now looking to return to Spain, but remains appreciative of Newcastle for taking him to the Premier League.

"They gave me the chance to play in a very important league in England," he said.

"Of course the idea of going back to play in Spain again attracts me."