Newcastle United reportedly target Marvin Zeegelaar five months after Norwich City missed out

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Marvin Zeegelaar was close to joining Norwich City in January but he could be a Newcastle United player this summer.

ZeegelaarMarvin Zeegelaar was recently called up to the Dutch national squad

It appears that Marvin Zeegelaar has slipped through Norwich City's fingers. According to the Daily Mirror, the Dutch left-back had agreed a £3.5 million move from Sporting Lisbon as The Canaries aimed to replace Swansea City-bound Martin Olsson in January.

On the upside, however, Norwich at least managed to secure the signature of Ajax's Mitchell Dijks on a short-term loan once their deal for Zeegelaar fell through at the 11th hour.

Yet, with Dijks yet to sign a permanent deal, it appears uncertain who will be Norwich's first choice left-back next season. Reports in the Blackpool Gazette linking them with Fleetwood Town's Amari'i Bell suggests everything is still up in the air.

Amari'i Bell of Fleetwood in action with Gary O’Neil of Bristol CityAmari'i Bell of Fleetwood is in demand

And Newcastle United could take full advantage. The Magpies have been linked with a number of left-backs in recent weeks with the out-of-favour Achraf Lazaar expected to depart, leaving the steady if unspectacular Paul Dummett as the club's only option.

The Chronicle report that Newcastle could meet Arsenal's £15 million valuation of England international Kieran Gibbs. Yet, according to Record, Zeegelaar could be a much more affordable alternative.

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Arsenal's Kieran GibbsArsenal's Kieran Gibbs appears overpriced at £15m

The report claims that the 26-year-old turned down the chance to join Norwich because he felt they were unlikely to earn promotion. He was right.

Therefore, if Premier League football is a make-or-break factor, the £4.3 million-rated Zeegelaar may jump at the chance of joining newly-promoted Newcastle ahead of recently relegated Hull City.

Zeegelaar

A strong defender and an outlet going forward, Zeegelaar is certainly a more complete full-back than the limited Dummett. Yet, it depends whether Gibbs' Premier League experience makes him a more desirable target.

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