German magazine Bild are reporting that Newcastle are keen on 18-year-old Hamburg left-back Josha Vagnoman.
The 6ft 1ins defender may be the left-back Rafa finally brings in to challenge Paul Dummett for the number one spot at Newcastle.
Vagnoman can play in either full-back position, and he has so far played 15 times for the club who were relegated last season in second bottom place.
He has played twice so far for the German U19 side and is reported to be a tough player on the wing with speed and potential.
Hamburg are currently second top of the Bundesliga 2 table just one point behind leaders FC Cologne.
Impressive 18-year-old Hamburg left-back Josha Vagnoman
One area Rafa hopes to improve in the summer are both full-back positions and give some real competition to both Dummett and Yedlin.
The fee for Vagnoman is said to be around £6.5M, but the Hamburg club say they don’t want to sell him this summer.
Sporting Director Ralf Becker has said this about the defender:
“Josha has developed very well. We find him very exciting. He has a contract (through 2021), we plan with him and we are not ready to talk.”
Here’s another 18-year-old Rafa seem interested in signing this summer and his contract runs out next summer.
Earlier today we reported Newcastle are also keen on 18-year-old MK Dons striker Martin.
Rafa is always keen to bring in top young players, so it’s possible to develop them into top players once they are on Tyneside.