Newcastle have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday center-back Tom Lees for almost a year now and the 24 year-old joined Wednesday two years ago from Leeds United and has played 6 times for the England U21 side.
Tom stands 6ft 1ins tall and can play either center-back or right back so he is versatile defender.
Tom Lees – Sheffield Wednesday defender
There’s a report in the Mail that Newcastle have again inquired about the availability of Lees.
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.
Over the last two seasons he has played 91 times for Wednesday with 3 goals and in the three seasons before that he played 135 times for Leeds United – most of those in the Championship.
So that’s a total of 226 appearances for Tom over the last five seasons with 202 of those being in the Championship – so he has ample Championship experience, which is what Rafa Benitez is looking for.
Burnley are said to be interested in signing Lees with their 23 year-old former Manchester United center-back Michael Keene possibly leaving the club this summer, with Leicester City one Premier League club interested in signing him.
We need to bring in a center-back soon and we have become bogged down with Blackburn Rovers over their captain and center-back Grant Hanley, since it seems the Lancashire club keep putting the price up for Hanley, with the latest news that they now want £8M for the 24 year-old.
There will come a time (soon) when Newcastle could give up on Hanley if they cannot get a deal done with Blackburn for the player.
Blackburn’s Indian owners (Venky’s) are notoriously difficult people to deal with and they certainly haven’t been a blessing for the famous Rovers club since they bought them back in November, 2010 and immediately fired Sam Allardyce.
If Newcastle do pull out then Tom Lees could be the perfect replacement, but he will not come cheap.
What do you think?