The Daily Mirror is reporting that Newcastle could make a move for Middlebrough’s Rhys Williams.
Rhys Williams – 23 year-old 6′ 2″ Middlesbrough defender/midfielder
The Australian is a versatile player who can play at center-back, defensive midfielder and right-back.
Rhys has also recently played as an attacking midfielder for Middlesbrough.
Newcastle need to bring in a central defender in January, since Steven Taylor is out with an Achilles injury, probably for the rest of the season, although there’s a chance Steven could return by late April.
The 23-year-old Williams stands 6’2″ tall and has only 18 months left on his contract with the Teesside club, and could be signed for a reasonable fee next month, with the fee said to be around £3M.
It is believed he is stalling on signing a new contract, and the interest of Newcastle United will probably make him stall even more.
The Perth-born player joined Middlesbrough back in 2007, and he had a loan spell at Burnley in 2009 under then manager Owen Coyle, where he played 17 times in the Championship.
Rhys has played 66 times for Middlesbrough with five goals and five assists, and it seems to us he would be a reasonable buy for Newcastle.
But of course, there will be questions about whether he can make the step up to the Premier League.
He made only one appearance in Middlesbrough’s relegation season of 2008-2009.
In the summer, Rhys was linked with potential moves to Liverpool and also Bolton Wanderers, where his former Burnley manager Owen Coyle is the current manager.
Rhys’ mother comes from Mubai, India (formerly Bombay), and his father was born in Kent, England and so he was eligible to represent Australia, England, India, or Wales.
He played 10 times for the Wales U21 side but he has since opted to represent Australia at the full International level, the country of his birth.
Williams earned his first call-up for the full Australian side for the June 2009 World Cup qualifiers, and so far has 9 caps for the Socceroos.
We have no idea if there is any truth in this report.
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