Newcastle have already already been linked with 21 year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield, and now the Evening Chronicle are reporting we are keeping tabs on a young center-back.
Lewis Dunk – 6’4″ Brighton center-back
The player is 6’4″ center-back Lewis Dunk, who turned 20 last November and he is on a two year contract he signed back in April of 2010, which means it runs out soon.
Newcastle have made lists of players whose contracts run out in the summer, and they include both youngsters like Lewis, and older players too.
It would be very good if the Tyneside club can sign more free agents, like Demba Ba, in the summer, that’s for sure. 😀
Lewis has played 23 times for Brighton this season, and made his debut back in May of 2010, starting in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons, and he can also play in midfield as well as at center-back.
The player has already attracted the interest of top clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool, in addition to Newcastle.
And like Jacob Butterfield, Lewis received his first call-up to the England under-21 squad in November of last year, for the European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Belgium.
The player was born and bred in Brighton, and is a tough tackling no nonsense center-back, but in his 23 appearances this season he has already picked up 11 yellow cards.
So like Newcastle’s current defensive midfielder, Cheick Tiote, Lewis will have to work on that part of his game.
Dunk made 9 appearances for Brighton last season, so in total has around 32 appearances for Brighton so far in his career.
Of course Lewis will not be the experienced defender Newcastle need to sign this month, but we fully expect Tamas Kadar to be leaving in the summer, and there’s room for more top youngsters at the club.
And just like Jacob, Newcastle may decide to try to sign the player this month for a small fee, or wait until he’s a free agent in the summer.