While most of the Newcastle transfer news centres around Eddie Howe's pursuit of a centre midfielder to cover injury issues, it seems like they won't forget about the defence. Well, that's if recent reports are anything to go by as we have been linked to a few centre back signings, including Ousmane Diomande and Goncalo Inacio.
Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe could boost Sven Botman by signing a title-winner
Well, another option has been added to the mix and he's one who Eddie Howe is thought to be a big fan of. According to a claim by CalcioMercato, the Magpies have located Alessio Romagnoli as their ideal centre-back target, but it will hard to acquire his services since he is under contract at Lazio until 2027 and is in no real rush to leave
Romagnoli is enjoying his second season at Lazio having signed from title winners AC Milan in 2022. The 27-year-old is a colossal centre back who can play on the left, which would significantly help Sven Botman should he pick up another injury.
While looking at the minuscule details such as a player's strongest foot may look to be unimportant and a conversation to be left to the hipsters, they are fine margins which are adopted by the best sides in the world.
Fabian Schar played on the left to cover Sven Botman's injury and while he played okay there, it goes without saying that Newcastle could do with another left-footed centre back in case Botman becomes injured or suspended. This was pointed out by Geordie Boot Boys and I must say, I agree.
However, I do think that our main priority should be signing a midfielder. We could do with both a midfielder and defender but if the FFP rules limit us (which is what they tend to do to sides who were made rich after Man City and Chelsea), then a midfielder is the highest concern.
What do you make of today's Newcastle transfer news?