Newcastle need to bring in one new center-back in the summer to strengthen the squad, and that’s in addition to Jamaal Lascelles, who will join us from his season-long loan deal at Nottingham Forest, along with goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Bruno Martins Indi – Porto 23 year-old central defender
Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr has been scouting in Holland, Germany and Spain this season, and that’s in addition to France.
And one top central defender who’s young and fits perfectly into the Newcastle mold of players Mike Ashley likes to sign, is 23 year-old Porto center-back Bruno Martins Indi.
The 6’1″ defender joined Porto last summer from Feyenoord for around £6M, and he will probably cost more than that now, having had a good season in Portugal where he has played 22 games with two goals.
He started his career at Feyenoord in 2005 as part of the Youth Academy, and played for four seasons before moving to Port last summer.
Martins Indi played 120 times for Feyenoord with five goals over four seasons, and under Southampton coach Ronald Koeman for the last three seasons, after making his debut as an 18 year-old in August, 2010 in a Europa League game against Gent.
Newcastle may have missed a good opportunity to sign him last summer.
He’s been capped by all the Dutch Youth sides and already has 26 caps for Holland with two goals, and Newcastle would face some tough competition for him if we went after him, with Manchester United said to be interested in signing the defender this summer.
Martins Indi was born in Barreiro, Portugal but moved to Rotterdam when he was just three months old, so he could have played for Holland or Portugal
He chose Holland and made his full debut against Belgium at the age of 20 in August of 2012, when he was very impressive in that game and he also played for Holland in the World Cup last year in Brazil.
Martins Indi can play center-back or left back and would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, and if we are going to build a top side again – this is the class of player we need to recruit.
But it’s also an assumption that Newcastle will bring in a new center-back this summer other than Lascelles.
We’re not absolutely certain that will happen because we will have Coloccini, Williamson, Taylor (S) and Lascelles available and Paul Dummett can also play well at center-back.
And since Mike Ashley likes to keep the wage bill small and therefore the squad small, it’s by no means a certainty he will bring in another central defender other than Lascelles in the summer.
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