Should Newcastle target another Dutch international by pursuing Urby Emanuelson?

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Urby Emanuelson could offer valuable versatility for Newcastle.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United left back Paul Dummett has suffered a hamstring injury, and could be out for a number of weeks - ruling out any potential loan exit for the Welsh international.

The injury has left Newcastle somewhat short in defence, and with the transfer window closed, manager Steve McClaren is limited in what he can do in terms of bringing in a replacement.

The free agent market isn't full of potential signings, but one player does stand out as a possibility for the Magpies - Urby Emanuelson.

Newcastle already have a number of Dutch internationals; Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Georginio Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong have all played for the Oranje, whilst manager McClaren is a huge fan of the Dutch style of football having enjoyed two stints as FC Twente manager.

Free agent Emanuelson would potentially feel right at home at St. James' Park given the Dutch feel around the club, and his versatility would be important to McClaren.

Emanuelson can not only play at left back, a position where Newcastle need some reinforcements, but also in central midfield and on the left of midfield - and if Newcastle are to bring in a free agent, having them be able to fill a number of positions is a huge bonus.

At 29, the former Ajax man has plenty of experience, and has also played for AC Milan, Fulham and Roma, as well as racking up 16 caps for the Netherlands before leaving Italian side Atalanta on a free transfer earlier this summer.

As an experienced, versatile option who could slot right in to McClaren's side if required, Newcastle may not find many better options on the free agent market right now - and given that we're in September and he still doesn't have a club, the Magpies could find themselves a bargain in Emanuelson.

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