Newcastle United are reportedly exploring a deal to sign West Ham United right-back Harrison Ashby.
The Lowdown: Krafth injury
Emil Krafth has confirmed that he is going to be sidelined for several months with a knee injury, which has potentially alerted the St James’ Park outfit in the final few days of the transfer window.
The Latest: Ashby interest
As per The Daily Mail, Newcastle are exploring a deal for Ashby, who has been tipped for a bright future with David Moyes promoting him to the Hammers’ first-team squad.
Eddie Howe’s side are thought to be readying a £2.5m bid for the Scotland under-21 international to try to tempt the Irons to sell before Thursday night’s transfer deadline.
The Verdict: Get it done
Having already made six senior appearances at the London Stadium, including in this season’s Europa Conference League play-off first leg at home to Viborg (Transfermarkt), Ashby is a precocious prospect at just 20 years of age.
Should Newcastle sign Ashby?
He has previously been hailed as ‘fearless’ and ‘like a giant’ by West Ham podcaster Sam Delaney, so he should provide sufficient cover for Trippier at right-back while Krafth recovers from his injury.
Also, Ashby shares the same agent as Howe, so this is a deal which could be pushed through quickly as the transfer deadline looms.
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