Alan Pardew reportedly keeping tabs on an Ajax Defender…who isn’t Jan Vertonghen
The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle are preparing a bid for young left back Nicolai Boilesen.
Boilesen, who previously trained with the Magpies briefly whilst at Danish side Brondby, was also purportedly hunted by Manchester United and Chelsea three years ago.
Still only 20, the Dane’s impressive start to the season was cruelly halted in September when he suffered a serious hamstring injury which was to keep him on the sidelines for 5 months. However, he’s still managed to appear in 10 games for the Dutch giants after moving from his native Denmark last summer.
Though no doubt a raw talent, the youngster has featured at every level for his country, and would provide some much needed competition at left back for the likes of Davide Santon and Ryan Taylor.
The defender also had a temporary spell on these shores training with United, and whilst his decision to join Ajax has aided his development into one of the most promising full backs in Europe, Boilesen would jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League.
One of the reasons for that, apart from the obvious benefit’s, is the left back suffered a relapse to his injury only last month to abruptly finish his season.
Whilst the trip to Amsterdam to see Boilesen pull up before the game might have seemed like a complete and utter waste to Pardew at the time, it may very well save him some funds with a £5m offer expected to be accepted once the player recovers.
And a deal would have all the hallmarks of a classic Pardew move, with the manager profiting hugely from his recent acquisitions without breaking the bank. Young, promising and relatively unknown foreign talent has consistently been the target for the former Saints boss since his arrival in the North East 18 months ago, and he continues to show his determination in re-establishing Newcastle as a sustainable force in English football.
He just better hope this particular player isn’t as injury prove as his record suggests.
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