Newcastle United are reportedly now ‘exploring’ the possibility of signing Nicolas Tagliafico once the January transfer window opens in just a couple of days.
The Lowdown: Defenders needed
With no fewer than 42 goals conceded in the Premier League so far this term, the most along with bottom-of-the-table Norwich City, it is clear that the defence needs strengthening at St. James’ Park.
Should Newcastle sign Tagliafico?
Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman have both already been strongly linked with a move to the North East, and so it seems as if the Tyneside outfit are looking at bringing in a new right-back and a central defender, as well as potentially a left-back in Tagliafico.
The Latest: Tagliafico move explored
As per journalist Matteo Moretto, who works for Sky Sports in Italy, both the Magpies and Chelsea are ‘exploring’ the potential signing of Tagliafico next month.
However, there currently have not been any club-to-club contacts as of yet between Ajax and the Toon.
Chelsea may be a serious competitor too, given their injuries in the full-back department, as Reece James joined Ben Chilwell on the treatment table this week.
The Verdict: Sign
Described as a ‘big-name‘ player by former top-flight full-back Alan Hutton back in April, Tagliafico is certainly someone who would elevate the quality in Eddie Howe’s squad, at least offensively.
He is currently averaging more shots, dribbles and a higher pass accuracy than both Jamal Lewis and Matt Ritchie in their respective domestic leagues so far this campaign, and has a goal in the Eredivisie despite seven of his appearances coming from the bench (WhoScored).
The Argentina international has also played in the UEFA Champions League no fewer than 24 times, including twice this season (Transfermarkt), showing that he is more than capable of playing at the highest level, and could well make a big difference in NUFC being relegated down to the Championship or staying up.
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