According to The Times, Newcastle have identified TWO signings they’d like to make in January in a bid to bolster our leaky defence.
North-East reporter Martin Hardy writes that Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara are targets, being players we appear to have been tracking for some time.
The piece claims that Adarabioyo was being watched by Toon scouts back when Steve Bruce was in charge, while Kamara is someone we tried and failed to bring to St James’ Park over the summer.
With 37 goals conceded in just 17 games this season, our defence is in dire need of fresh blood, with many believing we lack pace, presence and a centre-back or two who are capable of playing out from the back.
Adarabioyo may stand 6ft 5′ tall, however the 24-year-old has a decent turn of pace for his height, also looking assured on the ball during Fulham’s relegation season last term.
As for Kamara, 22, he is an athletic player who can play at centre-back or as a central midfielder – a useful trait given we are lacking in both positions at present.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he could well leave Marseille at a cut-price next month. Interestingly, The Athletic reported earlier this week that we’ve remained in contract with his representatives ever since he turned down a summer move to Tyneside.