Report – Newcastle Interested In Championship Defender

Metro Sport is reporting that Newcastle United are interested in 26 year-old Reading defender Chris Gunter, who we were interested in when he was at Nottingham Forest from 2009-2012 – before he singed on at Reading

Gunter is an attacking full-back who can play on both sides so he’s a versatile player who has played 64 times for Wales.

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Chris Gunter – reading full-back – free agent in the summer

Chris becomes a free agent in the summer which is probably the main reason that newcatsle are interested and presumably if he was signed it would be for the left-back position at Newcastle, with Daryl Janmaat in good form for Newcastle at right back.

In fact newcatsle are currently struggling for a left back tomorrow at Watford with Paul Dummett and Jack Colback both carrying slight hamstring injuries and both Massadio Haidara and Kevin Mbabu out injured.

We have a number of players who can play left back but a number of them also pick up a lot of injuries.

Chris Gunter started his career at Cardiff before moving to Tottenham in 2008, where he stayed for a couple of seasons before joining Nottingham Forest in 2009.ns before joining Reading – and he has so far played 140 times for Reading with a couple of goals.

He stayed at Forest for three seasons before joining Reading – and he has so far played 140 times for Reading with a couple of goals.

Gunter doesn’t have much Premier League experience having played only 25 times in England’s top division – 20 times for Reading and 5 times for Tottenham.

Norwich and West Brom  are the other PL clubs interested in him as are Championship clubs QPR and Middlesbrough.

He may be a decent free agent signing this summer or pick him up for a nominal fee this month – but it would seem he would be a squad player.

But we are expecting Newcastle to go after 21 year-old Dutch International left-back Jetro Willems in the summer and he just happens to be very good pals with Gini Wijnaldum.

With Newcastle having conceded 39 goals in 22 games so far this season – the second worst only to Sunderland and after conceding a massive 63 goals last season – second only to relegated QPR – we would have expected Newcastle to go after some defenders in this transfer window.

But that for some reason does not seem to be the priority – although we did sign Henri Saivet from Bordeaux who is a defensive midfielder.

What do you think?

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