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Jordan Torunarigha wants to leave Hertha Berlin with Premier League strugglers Newcastle United linked. But Kicker believes an injury doubt could make his departure an impossibility. 

While Steve Bruce’s side looked far more exciting, free-flowing and forward-thinking than we are used to seeing during their top-flight opener against West Ham last weekend, it seems a more attack-minded approach has come at the expense of any lingering shreds of defensive solidity. 

A Michail Antonio-inspired Hammers scored four times at St James’ Park. It could have been six. 

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While Newcastle weren’t quite so porous against Aston Villa on Saturday, a 2-0 defeat in England’s Second City means the Magpies are already stuck in the relegation mire; only newly-promoted Norwich and perennial crisis-club Arsenal keeping them off the bottom of the table. 

Defensive reinforcements would certainly be well received on Tyneside, then.

Bruce has spent much of the summer scouring the market for a physical, ball-playing centre-half but, with funds tight on Tyneside, Newcastle have missed out on the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and William Saliba.

But given that Torunarigha has just two years left on his contract, the former Germany U21 international might, might be within Newcastle’s reach.

Sport1 believe that a season-long loan deal is also a possibility. 

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Torunarigha has spent the last 15 years in the German capital and has his heart set on a fresh challenge.

But while the talented centre-back would like to leave, Kicker believes that an ankle injury suffered by Marton Dardai – son of head coach Pal – could not have come at a worse time as far as Torunarigha is concerned. 

“It’s dangerous. We can’t risk him,” Dardai (the coach) told BILD of Dardai (the player), indicating that the 21-year-old will be out of action until the transfer window closes. 

Torunarigha has fallen down the pecking order at Hertha as of late, playing just six minutes this season. But the Berlin-based strugglers are understandably keen to avoid being left short at the back. 

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