While there are bigger issues afoot on Tyneside at the moment as both the future of Rafa Benitez and a potential takeover obviously rumble on, recent transfer links involving Newcastle United do little to inspire confidence.
Indeed, frankly, they shouldn’t be considered at all.
That’s because the Magpies are, according to The Sun via HITC, linked with a potential move to sign Scott Dan. Yes, Scott Dann. The very same 32-year-old who appeared only 13 times last season after recovering from an ACL injury suffered way back in December 2017.
Barely inspiring stuff, right?
We think, if they are going to add to their defensive ranks, they need someone younger and far more robust to fit into their side for the long-term. Furthermore, you could probably argue that the club’s defence is literally the least of their concerns this summer, having conceded just 48 goals in the Premier League last season.
Yes, Florian Lejeune is a long-term injury lay-off but the likes of Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles form what could be considered the best backline outside of the top six. When you look at the fact that only Everton and Wolves, outside of the top four, conceded less than Benitez’s Newcastle, you start to get a feel as to why this move doesn’t at all seem necessary.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, a fee of £6m was even mooted in the report, which just seems ridiculous. It’s not as if the club have been particularly open to the idea of spending money in years gone by, so potentially splashing out what is not an insignificant fee for Newcastle United seems crazy.
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