Newcastle eyeing low-cost left-back acquisition

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Newcastle United need to refocus as the summer transfer window gets underway.

Their long-mooted takeover from the Public Investment Fund, fronted by Amanda Staveley, is dead in the water following their decision to pull out of the bidding.

That happened last week and it appears that they will be attempting to restructure their squad with Mike Ashley’s money.

It remains to be seen how far those funds will go when it comes to bringing in new acquisitions this summer.

They will be looking to improve on a surprisingly comfortable 13th-placed finish this season.

They ended the season 10 points clear of 18th-placed AFC Bournemouth but they also ended the season with a goal difference of minus 20.

Only the bottom four clubs – Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City – had a worse goal difference.

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It makes sense, then, that they would look to bring in defensive reinforcements.

And Sport Witness carries a report from Corriere dello Sport, claiming that the club could look to sign Rogerio from Sassuolo.

The left-back only joined the club from Juventus last summer and made 15 appearances in Serie A, as he battled injury woes.

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However, the Magpies are said to be trying to secure his signature.

Newcastle are “ready to be serious” about signing the 22-year-old, per the report, as they attempt to improve their backline.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is a sensible move.

Newcastle have had issues at left-back for quite some and this season has been no different.

It remains to be seen if Danny Rose will stay at the club following his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur, while Jetro Willems spent the first half of the season on loan at the club, before Newcastle allowed that to expire in January.

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Thus, bringing in reinforcements on the left hand side of the defence is a logical move regardless of cost.

Rogerio is valued at £5.67 million by Transfermarkt and a deal at that sort of price would represent a low-cost, high-reward acquisition.

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