Steve Bruce has given the green light for Newcastle United to sign Amiens defender Emil Krafth with SoccerLink claiming that The Magpies manager is a big fan of the Swede’s ability to play in a variety of positions across the backline.
Newcastle’s squad is slowly but surely taking shape with the new Premier League season less than a fortnight away.
£36 million record-signing Joelinton is expected to replicate the goals of Salomon Rondon while Kyle Scott and Jake Turner add potential and depth to Bruce’s squad.
And Newcastle’s next priority is a right-back. Specifically, a Swedish international right-back who only joined Ligue 1 outfit Angers during the January transfer window.
Newcastle scouted Krafth during a pre-season clash against Hull City last week and SoccerLink reports that they have had a £4.5 million rejected.
There have been questions about how much control Bruce has over recruitment though regardless of whether he is central to the deal to bring Krafht to St James’ Park, the 24-year-old will still be warmly welcomed by the former Hull and Sunderland boss.
Bruce is apparently a big fan of Krafht’s versatility with the right-back also more than happy to play further forward on the wing, not to mention the former Bologna man’s defensive solidity. Krafth would certainly be a more reliable option than the attack-minded DeAndre Yedlin or the erratic Javier Manquillo.
The test now is whether Newcastle are willing to raise their initial bid to meet Angers’ demands.
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