Tutto Mercato have been reporting this week that Newcastle are preparing to make a move for 24 year-old Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar.
We were supposed to sign Everton left-back Brendan Galloway a couple of weeks ago on loan, but he has surprisingly opted to go to West Brom, so Newcastle still need to bring in a left back.
We signed a right back yesterday in 23 year-old American DeAndre Yedlin, who was on loan at Sunderland last season.
24 year-old Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar
The report in Italy is that Newcastle are in for Achraf Lazaar, who is expected to leave Palermo this summer with just one year left on his contract, so maybe Newcastle can get a good deal for the 16 times capped Moroccan International.
West Ham have been interested in the player for a while now, although the report is that Rafa is hoping to beat them to the Casablanca-born defender.
As with any player this summer Newcastle will need to move quickly before Premier League clubs become interested in him and it will again we difficult to persuade the player join us in the Championship.
Lazaar joined Palermo in January, 2014 from Varese, where he played 46 games with one goal and had one assist; he has played 76 games for Palermo with 3 goals and 6 assists in the last two and a half years.
He made his International in a friendly match for Morocco against Mozambique in May 2014 that ended up in a 4-0 win.
Newcastle need reinforcements at left back, with both Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara prone to injury, although Jesus Gamez had a good game in that position on Tuesday night against Cheltenham on his debut.
He was especially good in the second half and surely the 31 year-old Spanish U-23 International can do a job for us somewhere along the back line this season?
But Rafa is keen to have competition all over the pitch this season at Newcastle and therefore another left back will be brought in before the end of the month.
What do you think?