According to reports in Italy, Newcastle are back in for ‘long-term target’ Omar Colley.
This comes from Primo Canale – a local paper covering Sampdoria and Genoa – who claim Newcastle have now ‘come forward again’ and made another move ‘in the last few hours’.
Colley is a 6ft 3′ centre-back who has been linked with a move to St James’ Park on several occasions, with his name coming up as a reported target over the last THREE transfer windows.
Primo Canale claim that Fenerbahce are also keen after Olympiacos beat them to the signing of former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but do state that Sampdoria would reluctantly cash in on the 28-year-old this month.
That does, however, indicate that a loan deal is out of the question – something we appear to be solely focusing on this month based on Bruce’s comments. But, with only two fit centre-backs in our squad last night and Bruce yet to sign a replacement for Florian Lejeune, our stance in this department may have changed IF he’s available on the cheap?
Considering the Rob Holding deal collapsed last summer and fellow centre-back target Fikayo Tomori has now joined AC Milan, it could be that we’ve turned our attentions to Italy?
Colley is a Gambian international formerly of Genk and has scored once in 69 games for Sampdoria, who currently sit 10th in Serie A.
One to watch or another red herring? We shall see…