Journalist claims NUFC are now trying to beat Fulham to the signing of Omar Colley

According to reports in Italy, Newcastle have reignited their interest in Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley.

This comes from Sport Italia reporter Gianluigi Longari, who claims that we are taking another look at the 6ft 3′ defender after Fulham entered talks with the Serie A side over a potential deal.

Colley was linked with a move to St James’ Park back in January, with TuttoMercatoWeb reporting that we met the player’s representatives in Italy earlier this year after watching him ‘several times’ over the 2019/20 season.

It’s been well documented that Bruce is in the market for a centre-back over the final few days of the window, with us all set to sign Rob Holding last month – only to see Mikel Arteta pull the plug on his loan move to St James’ Park.

Colley could be an alternative we’re now looking at, although I can’t help but wonder whether we’ll only be looking at loans unless funds are raised from an Atsu or Yedlin?

The Gambian international completed a £7m move from Genk to Sampdoria in 2018 and has played 57 times for them since, scoring once.

Fulham appear to be in the driving seat if Longari is to be believed – and boy do they need a good centre-back – but this could be on to watch over the next few days given our previous interest.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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