Newcastle were interested in 25-year-old Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, when he was still at Ajax and before he signed on at Atletico Madrid on the last day of the transfer window last summer for around £6M.
Toby Alderweireld – Newcastle after him
The Sunday People (Alan Oliver) is reporting that Newcastle are trying to sign Toby before the transfer window closes on Monday night, and after a poor display by the Newcastle defense is the 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday, we definitely need a center-back brought in.
The news is that Newcastle face competition from other clubs including Arsenal, Sunderland, Monaco and Southampton, who are all after defensive reinforcements.
The 25-year-old is a versatile defender who played for Belgium in last summer’s World Cup, and he can play at center-back or right back.
Alderweireld was linked with a move to Southampton only five days ago, and on Wednesday there was a report in Metro that Arsenal were close to signing the defender to replace Thomas Vermaelen, after he completed his (massive) £15M move to Barcelona.
Alderweireld played 186 times for Ajax with 15 goals, but had only limited playing time for Atletico Madrid last season when he played 22 times with 2 goals.
Toby is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, and he has played 37 times for Belgium.
Newcastle are also interested in Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk, who supposedly has asked to move on from the Scottish giants.
Let’s hope we can sign a good center-back before Monday night.
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