Who is Newcastle-linked Lucas Orban?

Taking a closer look at the Valencia defender rumoured to join Newcastle on loan in the coming days.

With injuries to both Kevin Mbabu and Paul Dummett at left-back, Newcastle are understood to be considering a loan bid for Orban, according to the Chronicle.

It’s a low-risk move for the club, who have good links to Valencia through current assistant manager Ian Cathro, while boss Gary Neville has worked with Newcastle manager Steve McClaren at both Manchester United and England.

Fact File: Lucas Orban

Age: 26

Position: Left back, can also play centre back

Country: Argentina

Caps: 2

Former clubs: River Plate, Tigre, Bordeaux

The Buenos Aires native graduated from River Plate’s famed youth system and made his professional bow in May 2009 as River Plate went on to win 2-0 at home to Independiente.

Despite a promising start, Orban was primarily used as a squad player at Los Millonarios and joined fellow Primera División side Tigre on loan in June 2011 after 10 appearances. Thanks to an impressive stint, the move was made permanent. After just one full season, Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux snapped the defender up for £1 million in July 2013.

In November 2013, Orban earned his first call up to the Argentina squad, starting in a 0-0 draw with Ecuador.

Orban was a regular in his first season at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, making 27 appearances. His second season only saw him make two appearances in the reserves. Desperate for first team football, defender moved to Valencia for £2.5 million in August 2014.

He made his second appearance for Argentina in a 2-0 win against El Salvador in March 2015; however this season he has only started six league games for Valencia, with one further sub appearance.

With Newcastle looking to improve their poor defensive record of just four clean sheets in 23 league games, Orban could be a useful member of the squad who can cover across the back four if needed and tie them over until the end of the season.

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