Jetro Willems may have just reignited the speculation linking him with a move to Newcastle United by claiming on VTBL that Rafa Benitez’s side are keen to finally strike a deal this summer.
The Dutch international left-back has been linked with a move to Tyneside for a number of years now. The Chronicle reported as far back as January 2016 that Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr had been scouting Willems during his time at PSV Eindhoven.
And, three and a half years on, it seems that Willems is still on Newcastle’s radar.
"There is interest from those clubs,” the 25-year-old told VTBL after being asked about a potential move to Newcastle or Roma.
Willems, who started for Holland at Euro 2012 when he was just 18 years old, blossomed into one of Europe’s most promising young left-backs during his time at PSV. Willems provided 16 assists as Phillip Cocu's won the Eredivisie title back in 2015.
These days, he is plying his trade for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga but his impact has become increasingly limited as Adi Hutter’s side reached the Europa League semi-finals. Frankfurt switched to a three man back line with Filip Kostic taking over Willems’ duties in a more advanced, wing-back role.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are crying out for an orthodox left-sided defender with Antonio Barreca failing to make an impact during his loan spell from Monaco.
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