Newcastle United are plotting a late swoop for Hertha BSC centre-back Jordan Torunarigha in this summer transfer window.
The Magpies have had a fairly quiet summer thus far, only sealing a permanent deal for Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock as they look to strengthen their squad.
But now, according to SPORT1 journalist, Florian Plettenberg, Steve Bruce’s side are in for the 6 foot 3 Torunarigha.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Update Torunarigha (@HerthaBSC): He is totally dissatisfied with his situation and wants to leave the club. @Atalanta_BCand @NUFC have contacted his management as well as some other teams from the Bundesliga. Everything is open. @SPORT1 #NUFC.”
In what was a hugely disappointing season last term, the Magpies’ defence was a major concern – their tally of 62 goals conceded in the Premier League was the fifth-worst in the entire division, and only one better than the side that finished bottom of the table, Sheffield United (63).
It’s no surprise then that Bruce feels strengthening his back-line is a key move to make in these final few days of the transfer window, and in Torunarigha, he can find someone who should fit in well.
While he predominantly plays as a centre-back, he can also fill in at either full-back position, and has even had a brief stint as a left-winger in his short career.
The 24-year-old should find no problems adjusting to a back-three or back-four at St James’ Park, and it appears he’s got the mettle and temperament to really take to the Premier League.
His manager at Hertha, Pal Dardai, said: “Jordan is a really competitive type of guy – we can always rely on him in important matches. That was already the case when he was younger. He’s a rough diamond that has to be polished a little bit more.”
Given their struggles in defence last season, and the lack of real transfer activity as a whole this summer, the fact Newcastle have made contact over a new signing in Torunarigha is sure to have fans buzzing.