Newcastle United are making progress in efforts to secure the signing of Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen, it has been confirmed.
Word of the Magpies’ interest in Bakker first came to the fore on Saturday afternoon.
Amid the club’s ongoing efforts to add further quality to their squad on the back of the arrivals of both Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, the board at St. James’ Park are understood to have set their sights firmly on left-back Bakker:
Mitchel Bakker to NUFC is one we could see movement on. Hearing Leverkusen want £16m & are prepared to sell. They’re already sourcing replacements for the Dutch left-back.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 22, 2022
And, if the latest word stemming from the media this evening is anything to go by, then Newcastle’s pursuit appears to be picking up pace.
As per a report from The Telegraph, cited by The Mirror, the transfer team on Tyneside are ready to open discussions with Bakker himself, over the personal terms of a contract.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 22, 2022
Magpies bag crucial three points
News of potential incoming reinforcements to the club’s backline of course rounds out what has been a stellar day all-round from a Newcastle perspective.
This comes after Eddie Howe’s troops picked up just a 2nd Premier League win of the campaign, to deal their survival hopes a timely boost.
After making the trip to Elland Road to take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United, a solitary strike on the part of Jonjo Shelvey ultimately proved enough to guide the Magpies to all three points.
“That’s a goalkeeping error!” 😬
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) January 22, 2022
Newcastle, in turn, have climbed clear of Watford into 18th in the English top-flight table, just a point off safety as things stand.
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