Newcastle United are reportedly now pushing to sign Matthias Ginter in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Centre-back targeted
As previously reported by Craig Hope, Ginter is among three central defenders that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium are now targeting next month, along with Tottenham Hotspur’s Joe Rodon and Lille’s Sven Botman.
As his current deal at Borussia Monchengladbach expires in the summer, it is possible that the St. James’ Park faithful can sign him on a cut-price deal in January, given the risk for the Bundesliga club of losing him on a free transfer otherwise.
Nonetheless, it is clear that the Tyneside outfit now want to bolster a defence that has shipped no fewer than 30 goals in the Premier League so far this season, one of the worst records in the division.
The Latest: Ginter pushed
As per Calciomercato, the North East club are now aggressively making their move to sign Ginter in January after a development ‘in the last few hours’.
However, they are likely to face competition from Inter Milan for his signature.
The Verdict: No-brainer
If the new owners can get Ginter in next month, potentially on the cheap, it would surely be a no-brainer for them.
A centre-back who plays like current PSG player and footballing legend Sergio Ramos, given his leadership qualities, he also possesses the same winning mentality as the Spaniard, given that he has won many trophies on the big stage, including the FIFA World Cup with Germany back in 2014.
A monster at the back, he is averaging more tackles (1.2) in the Bundesliga than all of Eddie Howe’s centre-half options are in the top flight so far this term (WhoScored), and so would really elevate the quality in the team.
Should Newcastle sign Ginter?
The really exciting thing is that Ginter is still only 27 years of age, and so is just about to enter his prime years as a footballer.
Nonetheless, January represents the perfect time for the Magpies to snap him up.
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