Newcastle United are reportedly plotting a move to sign Rob Dickie in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle must improve defensively
Having conceded no fewer than 62 goals in the Premier League going into the final day of the season, which is the fifth-worst record out of any team in the division (BBC Sport), the St. James’ Park outfit certainly need to improve defensively.
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They cannot always rely on the likes of Callum Wilson to bail them out with the goals that he offers, especially if he finds himself injured for as long as he did in this campaign.
Thus, a new central defender would be an ideal signing to make in order to make Steve Bruce’s team more solid.
The Latest: Newcastle plot Dickie transfer
As per Football Insider, the Tyneside club are plotting a move to bring Dickie to the North East.
They have held a long-term interest in the QPR ace and considered signing him last summer before he joined Rangers from Oxford United.
A source from the Magpies has told the news outlet that Bruce wants to strengthen his defensive options, and Dickie has emerged as a top target.
The former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss is a big admirer and has been keeping tabs on him since he impressed against the Toon in two matches in the FA Cup in the 2019/20 term with Oxford.
NUFC see the Englishman as someone with huge potential who can develop and potentially offer them huge resale value in the future.
The Verdict: Newcastle should sign Dickie
Given the potential that Dickie has, and the fact that he is still only 25 years of age, it would be a smart buy for Newcastle, especially if the club are right about him potentially boasting a big resale value.
Described as a ‘very talented’ player by Mark Warburton upon signing him as QPR manager back in September, the six-foot-one ace has taken the EFL Championship by storm, winning a mammoth 8.1 of his duels per game, while also averaging four clearances, 1.8 interceptions and 1.3 tackles a match, helping his side keep no fewer than 14 clean sheets in the process (Sofascore).
Nonetheless, Dickie is ready to make the step up to the Premier League, and the Magpies can give him that opportunity.
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