Newcastle United are set to rival West Ham United for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to the Evening Standard.
As per the outlet, the Japan international can play at full-back, in the centre of defence or in a holding midfield role if needed, illustrating his versatility.
Despite his ability to play in a variety of defensive positions, Tomiyasu is relatively attack-minded when it comes to moving up the pitch from right-back.
In 29 games in Serie A last season, the 21-year old scored one goal and supplied a further three assists, while also creating two big chances and averaging 1.1 successful dribbles per match (via Sofascore).
On the defensive side, Tomiyasu won 5.5 of his duels per game, while also averaging 2.3 clearances, 1.7 interceptions and 1.4 tackles a match (per Sofascore).
He clearly has the qualities both defensively and in an attacking sense to potentially thrive at St James’ Park and his added versatility would provide an added bonus to Steve Bruce. However, there may be concerns over his lack of experience in England, and he is still largely unproven at just 21 years of age.
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Nonetheless, Tomiyasu could well be a viable option to Bruce providing that a reasonable transfer fee can be agreed with Bologna.
Transfermarkt currently value him at £16.2m, which may be worth the gamble given the qualities that he could potentially offer in the northeast in addition to his ability to be able to play in a number of different roles.
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