The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle are looking at a move for Wolfsburg’s 23 year-old 6’3″ center-back Robin Knoche, who played 41 times with two goals in the German club’s very successful season, when they finished runner-up in the Bundesliga to Bayern Munich.
Robin Knoche – 23 year-old German U21 International
The two most important positions for Newcastle to strengthen in the summer are striker and center-back, and this lad is the right age, and is a powerful tall defender.
The Chronicle suggests that Newcastle are looking at making a move for the 9 times capped German U21 International, who joined Wolfsburg back in 2005 when he was 13 years old.
The 6ft 3ins center back has come up through the ranks at Wolfsburg, and now McClaren could make a move on one of his former clubs to sign the German defender.
Robin came through the ranks at Wolfsburg, and has played 92 times for the first team with two goals, and he is currently in the Czech Republic representing Germany in the European U21 Championships.
He played the whole game in Germany’s opening 1-1 draw with Serbia on Wednesday, and was on the bench in their 3-0 win against Denmark on Saturday.
Having only turned 23 last month he has plenty of time to improve, and he could go straight into Newcastle’s first team next season, if we can get him in.
He would cost maybe around £6M, but the Chronicle are reporting he did not have a good season last term, and that’s causing doubts with some of the Newcastle Board.
One thing Newcastle could try to do is to bring the lad in on loan for a season, and see how he does before signing him potentially next summer.
But that’s always dangerous in case he plays really well and bigger clubs could come after him.
It seems Newcastle are looking at the Bundesliga this summer with striker Bas Dost of Wolfsburg seemingly a top target, and 6’4″ tall Schalke center-back Joel Matip also interesting Newcastle.
What do you think?