With 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez expected to sign soon for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez would also like to get a center-back in before the club leaves for their week-long Ireland training and fitness camp on Saturday.
And there’s news in the local papers today that a new defender target has emerged – and he’s Bristol City’s giant 6ft 6ins center-back Aden Flint, who turns 27 on Monday.
This is the first time Newcastle have been linked with Flint and the big lad is said to be interesting a number of clubs.
Aden Flint – 26 year-old Bristol City center-back
Since he is one of Bristol City’s best players they are understandably not too willing to sell, but only last week Newcastle were able to pries Matt Ritchie away from Bournemouth by paying out a decent fee to the club and giving Matt top wages to join Newcastle.
There is a big attraction at the moment for players to join Newcastle with the Rafa Benitez revolution – the Rafalution – just starting on Tyneside.
By joining now players can get in on the ground floor with what could be a new great side Rafa will build at Newcastle, while he also gets the club ship-shape and more like other big and successful clubs in England.
Flint has been at Bristol City for three years now since signing on from Swindon Town in 2013 – and he also has a contract that runs until 2019 at the Ashton Gate club.
Since joining Bristol City Aden has played 139 games for the club with 24 goals and last season he played 39 games with six goals.
Flint began his career in 2007 with Central Midlands Football League club Pinxton before moving to the Conference North in the summer of 2008 when he joined Alfreton Town.
Aden moved to Swindon Town in January of 2011 and played 79 times for them with 8 goals before moving to Bristol City for a meager £300K in June, 2013.
And this lad can score goals too and in May of last year, in the final game of the 2014–15 Championship season, he scored his first ever hat-trick in the 8–2 demolition of Walsall.
That season he scored 15 goals in 57 appearances for Bristol City.
The news is that Rafa is hoping there will be further progress on this potential deal in the coming days.
Benitez takes his Newcastle squad to Ireland on Saturday for a full week in County Kildare, so if players are signed after Saturday they can always join the squad there to train and start meeting and bonding with their new team-mates.