NEWCASTLE are reportedly plotting an ambitious transfer swoop for three top Serie A players. The Magpies are looking to strengthen Eddie Howe
NEWCASTLE are reportedly plotting an ambitious transfer swoop for three top Serie A players.
The Magpies are looking to strengthen Eddie Howe’s squad in January ahead of a huge relegation scrap, and they’re looking to dip into the Italian market.
De Vrij and Brozovic are first-team stars for the Italian champions[/caption]
Strakosha started Lazio’s last game from the bench behind Pepe Reina[/caption]
According to The Times, Newcastle are plotting a double raid of defending Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Bolstering the defensive ranks appears to be a priority and Stefan de Vrij could be the man Newcastle are looking for.
The defender is, however, a first-team regular for the Nerazzurri – which could make a deal to tempt the Italian club to sell, hard to do.
Newcastle would also like to bring Marcelo Brozovic – who has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past – to the North East of England.
The 28-year-old is another first-team regular, and is by far one of the more impressive midfielders in the Serie A.
Brozovic’s contract interestingly expires next summer, which opens up the possibility of the midfielder agreeing a pre-contract with another club from January 1.
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Newcastle would face a fierce fight for Brozovic’s signature, with most of the Premier League elite keeping tabs on his contract situation.
A new goalkeeper appears to be a priority for the Magpies too.
And Lazio star Thomas Strakosha is one of the names Newcastle are considering moving for.
Like Brozovic, the 26-year-old’s contract expires next summer and can agree terms with other clubs from January 1.
But Newcastle can’t afford to wait for players next summer, they need reinforcements in the winter window.
Howe’s men sit second bottom on just five points after 11 games.
The Magpies have three massive relegation six-pointers against Brentford, Norwich and Burnley in their next five games.
But should Newcastle come out of their next five games with next to no points, they then face Liverpool, defending Prem champions Manchester City and Chelsea in three consecutive league outings.
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