Newcastle United are set to make a move for Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo according to a report from the Honduran publication Diez.
The 27-year-old defender, who can also play as a winger, only signed for Sunderland in January when he joined the Black Cats from Everton alongside Darron Gibson. While it seemed like a good move to reunite with former head coach David Moyes at the time, it hasn’t worked out well for him as Sunderland would end up being relegated from the Premier League.
Oviedo though is keen to carry on playing in the top tier of English football. He is an international for Costa Rica and wants to make sure that he is in the squad for next year’s 2018 World Cup squad and he believes he has a better chance of doing that if he remains a Premier League player. And he may be about to switch to one of Sunderland’s most hated rivals to do so.
According reports from the Central American country of Honduras, Newcastle are interested in signing Oviedo following their own promotion to the Premier League. While he may not be the man most fans get excited about signing, it is believed that his versatility and experience in the top tier would help the Tyneside club establish themselves in the Premier League once again.
Of course Oviedo would be making a switch from Sunderland to Newcastle, something which may attract ire on both sides due to the intense rivalry these sides have. Jack Colback was the last man to switch between the two teams and the Costa Rica international may be set to follow in his footsteps.