REAL BETIS have made Newcastle star Ayoze Perez their top summer target.
Toon boss Rafa Benitez wants to keep hold of the Spanish forward, who scored six goals in the last eight games of the season.
REUTERS Ayoze Perez is a target for Spanish club Real Betis
But Betis are ready to test Newcastle‘s resolve with a bid to take Perez back to Spain, with Premier League clubs also monitoring his situation.
Perez, 24, joined the Magpies from Tenerife for just £1.6million in 2014 and has three years left on his current contract.
He has already started 100 league games for the Toon and has 35 goals in all competition.
Perez told SunSport earlier this month that he would prefer to stay in England than return to Spain.
REUTERS Perez netted six goals in the final eight Prem games of Toon’s season Newcastle 3-0 Chelsea: Ayoze Perez double sinks ex-champions in what could be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge of the Blues
PA:Press Association Rafa Benitez wants Ayoze Perez to stay at Newcastle
He said: “I feel like I want to keep playing in the Premier League.
“I am really enjoying it and I am really happy in Newcastle.
“They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League, to score a lot of goals, to be at the top level.