Newcastle and Everton have suffered a blow in their reported pursuit of Brentford captain Pontus Jansson. The Swede was reportedly generating interest from Newcastle and Everton – but he has now signed a new deal.
Jansson, 30, was out of contract at the end of the season. A defender with 27 Sweden caps, that has played 85 times for the Bees since joining the London club from Leeds in 2019. Now, his contract situation has been sorted.
At least, for another `12 months. The ex-Leeds centre-back has put pen to paper on a new deal, which will at least end any immediate speculation regarding his services. The Guardian say Newcastle and Everton are keen.
However, both Premier League sides will now be forced to look elsewhere – at least for the next year – if they are aiming on strengthening their sides at centre-back. Brentford confirmed as much on Twitter.
Newcastle and Everton blow: Jansson ideal for Howe’s Toon
While Everton are hardly in need of a central defender. Michael Keane and Yerry Mina are certainly first choice, while cover comes in the form of Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate. All four are excellent, viable options.
Another central defender is hardly needed. At Newcastle, Jansson would have been ideal. Firstly, they are crucially in need of a centre-back – Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Fede Fernandez not good enough.
But Newcastle also need players that do not need time to adapt to the Premier League and improves them right away. Like Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. Jansson would have been another example of that.