Newcastle United have had an interest in PSV left back Jetro Willems last summer and there were various reports we were trying to sign him at that time.
Chief scout Graham Carr has been tracking the 21 year-old and the youngster has already been capped 15 times by the Netherlands since making his debut in May four years ago against Bulgaria when he had only just turned 18.
He was the fourth-youngest player ever to play for the Netherlands and the youngest ever player to play for them at the Euros – when he played in 2012 in the Championships that were co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Jetro Willems – Graham Carr keen on this player
There’s news today that Newcastle are still very keen on this youngster, but he’s missed all season so far with a knee ligament injury he sustained during a training session in pre-season.
Initially he was expected to be out from eight to ten weeks but that period has been extended and he is not expected back until next month at best.
So the best Newcastle can do is wait until the summer to try to sign him.
Left back is a weakness in the Newcastle defense right now and currently local lad Paul Dummett is the starter in that position and Frenchman Massadio Haidara is out and not back until around April with a serious knee injury.
But some top clubs are after him including Manchester United and Liverpool.
Willems was in the Netherlands team that won the UEFA European U17 Championships back in 2011 and he also made the final cut into the 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament, as we mentioned earlier.
But he did not make the final cut for the Netherlands World Cup squad eighteen months ago in Brazil because of a knee injury.
Willems’ contract runs out in 18 months time and Newcastle may even get a decent deal on the player.
There’s no doubt Willems is a very good young player who would fit in perfectly at Newcastle, but we cannot have much of a chance of signing him if the Red Devils and Liverpool are keen on him.
Not unless Newcastle move significantly up the league table and get some real ambition before the summer rolls around.
What do you think?