Paddy Kenny has been left wowed by some Newcastle United transfer news that he has now heard on Stefan de Vrij.
The Lowdown: Newcastle boost
As per Football Insider, de Vrij has been told by Inter Milan that he can now leave for just £15m in the summer, £25m less than his previous £40m value.
A recruitment source told the outlet that the Netherlands international is yet to open talks over a new deal in Milan and that has cast his future into doubt ahead of the looming transfer window.
The North East club are just one of a number of teams now targeting a move for him, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa also in the mix for his signature.
The Latest: Kenny reacts
Speaking to Football Insider about that update, former Leeds United and Sheffield United goalkeeper Kenny has claimed that de Vrij would be an ‘incredible’ signing for the St. James’ Park faithful, and that snapping him up would be a ‘no brainer’:
“You are talking about a top-quality defender who has seen it all.
“Newcastle could do with some of that. Look at Kieran Trippier. I know he has only played a few games but his influence can’t be overstated.
“You are paying £15million for a defender of his quality, it’s an absolute no brainer for me.
“Other clubs will be interested but obviously Newcastle can blow their competition out of the water with wages.
“They can do that if they need to. Maybe de Vrij can be convinced by the project.
“He will have seen Newcastle’s rise under Eddie Howe and he might want to be a part of that.
“If he was available I would go all out to get him. He would be an incredible capture.”
Should Newcastle sign De Vrij?
The Verdict: Get it done
If a player of de Vrij’s quality is available for just £15m, the Tyneside outfit simply need to get the deal done.
As Kenny points out, the central defender has a lot of experience of playing at the highest level, and so would help raise the game of his other teammates.
Dubbed a ‘monster‘ by former Lazio defender Mauricio, the six-foot-two colossus loves to defend, and so would help shore up the backline to allow the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin to express themselves more further up the pitch.
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