Newcastle After Young German International Center-Back

News in the Mirror today that one player Newcastle are trying to sign 22 year-old is Stuttgart center-back Antonio Rudiger, who has already played six times for Germany.

Newcastle were first linked with this young defender in May of last year.

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Antonio Rudiger – 22 year-old German International

The news is that Wolfsburg are also after the defender, but Newcastle have gained some momentum in the transfer market with the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum yesterday, and are willing to offer big money for the 6ft 3 ins central defender.

Since making his first team Bundesliga debut in January of 2012 in a match against Borussia Monchengladbach, he has played 80 times in Germany’s top league with two goals.

Rudiger is one of the best young players in the Bundesliga at the moment and may be in big demand this summer.

Last October Manchester United, Chelsea and West Ham were said to be tracking the progress of the 22 year-old.

Antonio has played for all the German Youth sides from U18 through U21, and made a total of 33 appearances  before making his full debut last year.

That was in May of 2014 in the 0-0 draw against Poland.

He was born in Berlin and was previously at Borussia Dortmund before joining Stuttgart four years ago, and he has a contract that lasts though June of 2017.

He would seem to be a terrific signing if we can get him and maybe he is one of the players Steve McClaren has said we are trying to sign at the moment.

Newcastle will be trying to sign two center-backs this year, and we have already been linked with some very good defenders this summer.

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