Newcastle United are one of several clubs eyeing a summer move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand according to the Chronicle.
The England international is currently in the middle of a relegation dogfight with Southampton, however it’s claimed that he will seek a move away from St Mary’s this summer – even if they do manage to beat the drop.
He’s a good player and one I’m sure several Newcastle fans would be happy to see sign at St James’ Park, but I can’t see this one happening for several reasons.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) April 11, 2018
Firstly, it’s reported that Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all tracking the former Chelsea man, suggesting we’d face competition we just couldn’t compete with.
Secondly, the fee expected to be demanded by the Saints is believed to be £25m. Probably the going rate in this day and age, but I don’t see us breaking our club record on a first-team left-back given Paul Dummett’s form.
And thirdly, he’s 28. A good age for most clubs, with him hitting his prime whilst carrying a wealth of Premier League experience, but Ashley doesn’t tend to spend big money on players nearing their 30’s!
Personally, I’d be looking at Southampton’s other flank and make a move for right-back Cedric if they went down. Given Yedlin’s up and down form this season, I’d argue it’s at right-back where we need added quality more than anything.