Newcastle United have discussed the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, the Northern Echo report.
Zinchenko to Newcastle?
Newcastle are now planning for January, when they will have to get their recruitment spot on to stand a chance of surviving in the Premier League.
And the latest updates suggests that Zinchenko’s name is one which has come up in discussions between Eddie Howe and Newcastle’s transfer team.
Zinchenko has struggled for game time at City this term, which has offered Newcastle encouragement that a deal may be possible.
The Ukranian, who has won the league three times with City, has featured just twice in the Premier League – and on both occasions he was a late substitute.
At Newcastle he could arrive and be a key player, though.
Where to play him?
Interestingly, Zinchenko is capable of operating both as an attacking left-back or as a creative midfielder.
Newcastle have Jamal Lewis at left-back, but he hasn’t always fully convinced.
They also could benefit from an injection of creativity in midfield, with Joe Willock their only real attacking option in that area.
There must also be question marks over whether Zinchenko would take the move.
While the offer of regular football must be tempting, he would have to give up a Premier League title fight for a relegation battle if he was to make the switch to St. James’ Park.