Report: Newcastle linked to New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence

Newcastle United could be preparing a move for Jamaican youngster Kemar Lawrence, according to fresh speculation online.

Steve McClaren’s quest to bolster Newcastle United’s defensive options could see the Magpies manager turn to Major League Soccer.

The Toon are reportedly weighing up a move for New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence, according to a report carried on SB Nation website Once A Metro.

According to the news source, which cites a tip from the Twitter handles @MLSTransfers and @caribbeanftbl, the Magpies are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old.

A defender by trade, Lawrence has also earned 24 caps to date for the Jamaica national team, scoring two goals for the Reggae Boyz along the way.

Previously with Kingston-based Jamaican side Harbour View, the stopper secured a move to MLS after impressing during a trial with New York Red Bulls.

Since then, the 22-year-old has turned out on 13 occasions for his new American employers.

Part of the Jamaica squad that progressed to the final of the Gold Cup earlier this summer, Lawrence was an ever-present in the starting line-up, playing at left-back.

Though reports have suggested Newcastle’s interest may not result in a bid within the current transfer window, the need to recruit defensive options could yet push the Toon into forging a deal before the end of the month.

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