Newcastle After Swedish Center-Back

In Italy, Gazzamercato are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in 23-year-old Serie A center-back Filip Helander from Italian club Hellas Verona.

The player stands 6ft 4ins tall and only signed for the Italian club last summer from Malmo, his home town club  and last season he played 26 times for Verona with a couple of goals.

Filip Helander

Filip Helander – 23 year-old Swedish U21 player

Helander had been at Malmo for four seasons and played 94 times with 3 goals for his home town Swedish club during that time.

He made his debut for Verona last September against Inter-Milan in a 1-0 defeat at the San Siro and then he started the next game against Lazio.

In the first half of that game Helander scored his first goal for the club, but Verona ended up losing 2-1 to the Rome club.

Championship rivals Norwich City are also said to be tracking the player who has played 19 times for the Swedish U21 side but has yet to make his full debut for his country.

Rafa Benitez is keen to sign a center-back at Newcastle after allowing club captain Fab Coloccini to leave for San Lorenzo last week and Newcastle are having difficulty agreeing a fee with Blackburn Rovers center-back Grant Hanley.

There were rumors last night that Rafa  may even have gioven up in his attempts to sign Hanley.

And today Rafa Benitez has said Newcastle are close to completing a number of signings, so maybe Filip Helander is one of them?

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