Transfer Focus: Newcastle move for Wilfried Kanon bad news for Ciaran Clark

Newcastle United are interested in signing Den Haag defender Wilfried Kanon this summer, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

Although the future direction of Newcastle is currently unknown given the contract status of Rafa Benitez, the club still need to consider available targets in the upcoming transfer window.

The paper say Kanon is one of the players they are looking at, competing with rivals such as Leicester City and Southampton for his signature.

Capped 34 times by the Ivory Coast, The Sun reckon he could be available for as little as £3m despite stellar performances in Eredivisie this season.

He’s set to feature in the upcoming African Cup of Nations meaning if the Magpies want him they should move sooner rather than later given that’s a great shop window for the player.

Where does he fit into Newcastle’s squad?

Rafa Benitez’s squad already has pretty good defensive depth with Jamal Lascelles and Fabian Schar both reliable English Premier League performers and supporters pretty happy with Federico Fernandez’s contributions too.

The weak link in the heart of the defence is most definitely Ciaran Clark, who now looks below the standards Newcastle require to push on and improve as a club.

The arrival of Kanon would almost certainly mean Clark saying his goodbyes, allowing the Ivorian to compete for first-team places alongside the current regulars.

That core of four centre-back talents, as well as the injured Florian Lejeune, would give the Magpies excellent stability at the back and coming at a cost of just £3m, the capture of Kanon would allow Benitez or any future manager to focus on other areas of the team with a stretched transfer budget.

Article title: Transfer Focus: Newcastle move for Wilfried Kanon bad news for Ciaran Clark

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