Report: Newcastle United to step up their search for a centre-back

Newcastle United are short of defensive options for next season, as things stand.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

According to a report in the Chronicle, Newcastle United are stepping up their search for a centre-back.

Rafael Benitez had been said to have prioritised bringing in a striker this summer, but it seems that a new centre-back could be at the top of his wishlist.

Newcastle currently have a lack of cover in the heart of their defence, with their options limited.

While Chancel Mbemba is expected to be a standout player at Championship level, Newcastle’s other choices all have doubts around them.

Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba in action

Jamaal Lascelles impressed in the Premier League towards the back end of last season, but he is still relatively inexperienced and learning his trade.

Meanwhile, Fabricio Coloccini is likely to leave Tyneside this summer, and Steven Taylor has already been released.

Newcastle are said to have Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker and Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Lewis Dunk on their wishlist, as they look to make additions.

Liverpool's Steven Caulker

Newcastle are yet to make a signing this summer, but it is thought that bringing in a new centre-back is their most pressing concern.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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