Newcastle United are weighing up whether or not to make a potential move to sign Sampdoria defender Omar Colley as an alternative to Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, according to Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari.
Steve Bruce’s side are in the market to add to their defensive options before the window closes and the Magpies are reportedly interested in Norwich City’s Ben Godfrey, while they are also considering rivalling Valencia’s bid to bring in Rugani from Juventus, as per Longari’s Tweet.
Colley could be someone Newcastle look to bring in as an alternative to both Godfrey and Rugani, and the defender has demonstrated his potential to be an important member of a defensive unit having made 31 appearances in Serie A last term for Sampdoria. The Italian club managed to register nine clean sheets in the 27-year-old’s 31 league matches last campaign, as per Sofascore.
The defender managed to average 1.9 interceptions and 1.4 tackles per match in Serie A in the 2019/20 campaign, while Colley also made 4.8 clearances per game and won 62% of his aerial duels (via Sofascore). That shows that he could be well suited to both the Premier League and Newcastle’s style of play under Bruce.
Whilst the defender might not be as well known as both Rugani and Godfrey amongst Newcastle supporters, he could potentially be a less expensive addition than the other two centre-backs and if the Magpies miss out on the other two, then he appears to be a more than capable player to come into their squad.
It does look like any move for Colley would be dependent on the Magpies missing on their other two targets, so it will be interesting to keep a watchful eye over the developments with the Sampdoria defender between now and transfer deadline day.
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