Newcastle Linked With International Defender

There are some reports starting to do the rounds that Newcastle are interested in Jamaican international Kemar Lawrence, who is a defender for MLS side New York Red Bulls, who plays on the left hand side of defense and can also play as a wing back or a left winger.

He turns 23 next month.

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Kemar Lawrence – in Jamaica’s colors

The left-back is said to have attracted Newcastle’s interest by playing well for Jamaica in the Gold Cup, when Jamaica surprisingly reached the final after beating USA in the semi-finals 2-1.

But they went down 3-1 to Mexico in the final, but the Caribbean country had a very good run, and Lawrence played in every game for Jamaica at left-back and looked impressive.

We would have thought if Newcastle were to bring in a defender it would either be an out-and-out center-back – maybe a young center-back – or else somebody on the right hand side to give cover to Dutch International Daryl Janmaat.

Kemar was born in Kingston, Jamaica and joined his local club Harbour View back in 2007, and he played for the first team from 2011 through 2014 appearing 62 times for the club with a couple of goals.

In July of last year Lawrence went to the United States for a two-week trial with MLS club D.C. United, but was not offered a contract but then last March he signed by the New York Red Bulls.

He’s played 14 times so for the New York club, who happen to play their games at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

The left back has played 22 times for Jamaica, but we would be very surprised if these reports of Newcastle wanting to sign the player are true.

Newcastle hardly need another left back, with Massadio Haidara looking good at the moment, and local lad Paul Dummett coming back from a hamstring  injury and he starts training on Monday.

What do you think?

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