Newcastle United managed to enjoy a positive run of form prior to the international break, with things beginning to look up at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are desperate for reinforcements in the January transfer window having witnessed their poor performances in defence and lack of potency in front of goal. Interestingly, it appears as if the Tyneside club are eyeing a potential addition, as according to the Chronicle Live, Erik Pieters is a target for Newcastle United.
Erik Pieters could be set for a move to Newcastle, with the defender open to a move to Tyneside.
However, with the full-back now in his 30s, Benitez may face a fight to convince his board to part with a big fee for his services in January.
Paul Dummett suffered an injury recently and is set to spend a period out on the sidelines, so the Magpies are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.
Newcastle United will be desperate to secure a full-back in January as they’re currently lacking cover in that particular area, with Javier Manquillo failing to live up to expectations this season.
Erik Pieters has been one of the standout performers for Stoke City in the current campaign and has the ability to contribute in the final third by producing goals and assists, which would certainly benefit the Magpies.
However, with Mike Ashley possibly shutting down Benitez’s pursuit of the 30-year-old, perhaps Newcastle will have to weigh up different options.