Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is reportedly keen on signing a new defender before next season.
The Chronicle have reported on their official website that Newcastle United are interested in a move for 22-year-old defender Tyrone Mings from Ipswich Town.
However, the rumour creates a number of questions to be considered.
Is Mings a player that Newcastle need?
Former Newcastle manager John Carver really struggled in terms of his squad options last season, when key defenders weren’t available.
Injuries stacked up and one of the arguable reasons for the club’s poor form towards the end of the campaign was players being used out of position and a lack of defensive cover.
How much do Ipswich Town want?
The Chronicle reports that Mings’ parent club Ipswich want at least an eight figure fee for the player.
That is something that Newcastle could afford but whether the club’s board are willing to stretch that far to sign a player from the second flight of English football is doubtful.
Do Newcastle have any other options?
The paper also suggests that Newcastle have had West Ham United full-back Aaron Cresswell watched.
However, Cresswell was West Ham’s player of the season in the last campaign and it would be very surprising if the Hammers wanted to sell him or if he wanted to leave.