There is a report in Sky Sports today that several Premier League clubs are interested in signing 25 year-old Bayer Leverkusen center-back Phillip Wollscheid, who stands just short of 6ft 5ins tall.
Phillip Wollscheid – available from Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkursen have announced they are willing to listen to offers for their center-back, and since Newcastle need to strengthen their defense, maybe we are one of the clubs after the defender.
But it could also be we have no interest in the player, and Newcastle are not a club who will sign up a player without doing the necessary long term scouting on him, so if we haven’t been interested in the player before now, it’s unlikely Newcastle would become interested now.
The German has been capped once at the U20 level for Germany and two times at the full Internationalist level, and while at Leverkursen for the last two seasons, he has played 67 times with three goals, and has looked an unimpressive young defender.
The player himself seems keen to move, and he had this to say:
“I believe the club have discussed a permanent transfer but also a loan option for me at present” “Outside of Germany, the main interest seems to be coming from the English Premier League, but I don’t know yet. We will have to wait and see.”
Sunderland, Hull and Southampton have all been linked with an interest in the player – but not Newcastle.
We suppose the Saints could go in with a very high offer for him, since they have plenty of money to spend after selling a number of their very best players this summer.
Newcastle were linked with Manchester City center-back Micah Richards last night, but nothing more has come of that story today, so the news report could have been (another) false one.
We’d love to see a striker, center-back and creative central midfield player brought in before the end of this transfer window, and it would then be the best transfer window for Newcastle for a number of years.
Newcastle aren’t credited with an interest in this player – at least not at the moment – but he looks a good center-back who adds height at the back, and he’s at the right age too.
What do you think?
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