Jets swoop to replace Taggart

The Newcastle Jets have signed an Ecuadorian striker and are possibly looking to bring in another forward to replace Fulham-bound Socceroo Adam Taggart.

But the club has lost the battle to sign a Spanish midfielder to fill the gap left by Zenon Caravella and Ruben Zadkovich.

FourFourTwo Australia understands Newcastle were on the verge of signing a player with years of La Liga experience only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.

It is understood the Hunter outfit is still in the market for two more players ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

“We need to replace Adam Taggart and are currently looking,” new coach Phil Stubbins said.

“Maybe another striker as well as the Ecuadorian.”

Emile Heskey, Taggart and Joey Gibbs have departed the club’s strikeforce from last season, while the midfield has lost James Brown, Caravella and skipper Zadkovich.

In defence Connor Chapman and Josh Mitchell have departed from the 2013-2014 squad.

The Jets have already signed defender Adrian Madaschi, midfielder Josh Barresi and playmaker Marcos Flores.

Stubbins is confident the Jets will be able to match the contribution of Taggart who was the A-League’s top goalscorer last season.

“Obviously the goals amassed by Taggart were of significant numbers, however it’s a great opportunity for the rest of the players to step up now,” he said.

“I wanted more contributors from the squad moving forward and I believe we have more now.

"Taggart will be missed but I’m confident in the group we have to get us the goals we need.”

The name of the Ecuadorian signing is expected to be announced officially by the club soon.