Newcastle Want Championship Center-Back In January

News tonight in the Mirror that Newcastle are interested in signing 24-year-old former England U21 international center-back Tom Lees – who plays for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

The defender is rated at £7M and Norwich City are also said to be interested in the impressive defender.

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Tom Lees – Sheffield Wednesday center-back

Both clubs would like to sign the defender in January and while Tom usually plays at center-back he can also play at right back.

Tom only joined Wednesday in the summer of last year for peanuts – £350K – but he has put in some excellent performances since he arrived at Hillsborough.

Tom was in the Leeds first team for three seasons playing 135 times with four goals and since he’s been at Wednesday he’s played 68 times with two goals.

Lees contract still has four years to run and the transfer fee is said to be around £7M – something even Newcastle would be willing to pay for a good English defender.

Lees was born in Birmingham, but moved to Leeds when he was 4 years old and he began his football career at Leeds United when he joined them four years later as an eight year-old.

Tom went on loan to Accrington Stanley in 2009 and then moved to Bury for one season – again on loan – in the summer of 2010 before he rejoined Leeds the following summer.

Newcastle will bring in a central defender in January – the only question is – who will it be?

Tom looks like a decent player who could make the step-up to the Premier League.

What do you think?

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