Sky Sports reporter confirms Newcastle’s interest in Serie A defender – “He’s been watched”

Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has confirmed that Newcastle are keeping a close eye on highly-rated left-back, Aaron Hickey.

The North-East reporter says he has “been mentioned” during transfer talks and is someone we have been watching out in Italy.

This comes after well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that we were showing interest in the Scot last month, stating we’d have ‘no issue’ paying the £15-20m fee Bologna are likely to demand.

Our interest in the 19-year-old appears to date back several years, with the Scottish Sun reporting that we had scouts watching him during Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Rangers in October 2019.

Speaking to Football FanCast, here’s what Keith Downie had to say when asked for an update on the transfer front:

“Aaron Hickey is one that has been mentioned.

He’s been watched. The young Bologna, 19-year-old, Scottish defender.

Hickey is a player that has been watched.”

Former Hearts star Aaron Hickey subject of £3.4 million Celtic bid - Not  The Old Firm

So, is this a sign we are looking at potential alternatives to Matt Target – the impressive loanee who could seal a £15m permanent move from Aston Villa this summer – or might we be on the lookout for TWO new left-backs?

With Ritchie one of several who could be moved on, Lewis tipped to leave on loan after being left out of Howe’s 25-man squad and Dummett out of contract in June, this could be a position we look to strengthen over the coming months.

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