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Newcastle wish to signal 23 y/o title-winner who has identical agent as Barnes

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With a deal to signal Lloyd Kelly reportedly nearing completion, Newcastle United have reportedly shifted their focus to a different defensive reinforcement in the summertime switch window.

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The Magpies have seemingly taken full benefit of the expiration of Kelly’s Bournemouth contract to properly seal a free deal for the versatile defender. He’ll arrive to offer prompt cowl for Eddie Howe‘s backline, which is already with out Jamaal Lascelles and Sven Botman for prolonged intervals forward of the start of subsequent season.

With cowl arguably wanted for each Lascelles and Botman, nonetheless, Kelly is unlikely to be the final defender by means of the door at St James’ Park this summer time, with the likes of Dean Huijsen additionally linked with a transfer.

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The unique plan gave the impression to be touchdown a free deal for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo on the finish of his present contract in a replication of the Kelly deal, however Chelsea have since reportedly swooped in to show the defender’s head. Now, the Magpies have shifted their focus in direction of the Netherlands.

In line with Dutch outlet AD, Newcastle are fascinated with a transfer to signal Lutsharel Geertruida from Feyenoord this summer time. The suitable-back, who may also play as a centre-back and a defensive midfielder, has attracted the curiosity of Liverpool alongside the Magpies and will now have a choice to make within the coming months.

lutsharel-geertruida

Newcastle will hope to counter Arne Slot’s Feyenoord benefit at Liverpool with the truth that Geertruida is underneath the identical company as Harvey Barnes, who the Magpies signed simply final summer time. Nonetheless simply 23 years outdated, the Feyenoord man might definitely resolve Newcastle’s defensive depth drawback.

“Superb” Geertruida can ease Botman blow

While he might but succeed Kieran Trippier at St James’ Park, Geertruida’s first activity at Newcastle could be to switch the injured Botman in Howe’s aspect. With out the Dutchman, Newcastle run the chance of a gradual begin to the Premier League marketing campaign, making their seek for a short-term substitute, who may also serve a long-term function, essential this summer time.

League stats Per 90 23/24 (through FBref)

Lutsharel Geertruida

Sven Botman

Begins

34

17

Tackles Received

0.92

0.85

Interceptions

0.92

0.59

Ball Recoveries

5.38

4.58

It might even be argued that Geertruida would hand Howe fairly the choice headache when Botman returns from harm. However that competitors ought to solely be seen as wholesome because the Magpies look to make an prompt return to European qualification subsequent season.

Unsurprisingly, Geertruida has earned loads of reward throughout his time at Feyenoord, with Soccer Expertise Scout’s Jacek Kulig describing the defender as “superb” on X:

A title-winner at Feyenoord and a defender solely more likely to get even higher, Newcastle might seal an underrated deal and resolve any potential defensive disaster in a single swift transfer this summer time.