According to an exclusive from the Sun’s Alan Nixon, Newcastle are set to make a £6m bid for Bristol City star Joe Bryan – the highly-rated left-back who was one of the Championship’s top performers last season.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with a move for Bryan and although our alleged offer of £6m seems a little low and unlikely to be accepted, he is entering the final year of his contract at Bristol City.
He’s 24, bagged a handy 7 goals and 3 assists in 48 appearances last season and can operate both at left-back and as a left-winger – with this versatility said to be one of the reasons Rafa is keen to do a deal.
Here’s a snippet from Alan Nixon’s ‘exclusive’:
“He (Benitez) is poised to offer around £6m for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan.
“Toon spies think the 24-year-old defender can do well in a couple of roles and give them cover.”
Whether there’s any truth in these claims remains to be seen (this is The Sun after all), however a £6m deal for Bryan would be a brilliant piece of business for a player regarded as the best full-back in the Championship.
Paul Dummett is our only senior left-back following the release of Jesus Gamez and Massaido Haidara, so a potential cut-price deal for a player of his talent would make a lot of sense – even for Ashley, who may no doubt see him as a player with high sell-on potential.
Hopefully this one is true. Rafa needs more options at full-back and Bryan has always looked a very handy little player whenever I’ve watched him.
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