Report: Newcastle target Stuttgart centre back Antonio Rudiger

Newcastle are reportedly attempting to sign Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are making a push to sign Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger - despite interest from Wolfsburg.

Rudiger, 22, joined Stuttgart from Borussia Dortmund back in 2011, and has established himself as one of the top defenders in the Bundesliga in recent years.

The centre back has six Germany caps to his name, and has already racked up 70 appearances for Stuttgart, becoming their star defender.

Now, Newcastle - fresh off signing PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on Saturday - are hoping to convince Rudiger to make the move to St. James' Park this summer, according to The Mirror.

The report states that Rudiger is also wanted by Stuttgart's Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg, but Newcastle are pushing ahead with a deal to bring him to England, hoping to convince the defender that he should choose Premier League football over staying in Germany.

Rudiger - just what Newcastle need

Last season, Newcastle saw first choice centre back pairing Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson struggle, producing poor performances and looking well past their best, now they are in their 30's.

Newcastle need to land a young, athletic defender who can lead the Magpies defence for years to come, and Rudiger fits that bill perfectly.

Rudiger has strength, speed and great potential, so landing him this summer to help re-tool the defence under new manager Steve McClaren would be a great move - and a real sign of ambition from the Magpies.

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