Newcastle United are reportedly considering an approach for Stefan de Vrij in January to shore up their leaky defence ahead of a relegation battle.

According to The Times, Newcastle United are considering a move for Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window. The Magpies’ new boss Eddie Howe remains keen on making defensive signings to battle relegation this season, with significant funds available to him in the winter.

Newcastle United are bracing themselves for a huge transfer window in January, as the club is expected to be heavy spenders. Their financial power significantly increased after their takeover by the Public Investment Fund was completed earlier in October, ending a miserable regime under former owner Mike Ashley.

Despite a promising future, the Magpies find themselves in a relegation battle in the present time, as the club languishes in the 19th spot, level on points with rock-bottom Norwich City. Before the winter window even opens, new boss Eddie Howe is tasked with managing those games, facing a daunting task in the process, although the expected damage might be irreparable.

However, the Newcastle manager could look forward to spending significant sums, with defensive reinforcements his main priority. There have been names such as James Tarkowski and others linked with the club, although a move for the Burnley defender might be doubtful after recent developments.

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Newcastle are also linked with a move for Nathan Ake, who remains on the fringes at Manchester City. Signing the Dutchman could be a costly affair for Newcastle, although Howe might also look at players who are experienced in the position and could help him avoid relegation.

The newest player on the defensive shortlist is Stefan de Vrij, who could be targeted in January. The 29-year-old Dutch defender has a contract with Inter Milan until 2023, but a good offer could tempt the Italian champions into a sale.

Inter have financial troubles and could demand a huge sum for their key central defender. Newcastle might be willing to part with the desired fee, and Howe could prefer the Dutch international to shore up his backline. The 29-year-old himself could use this as an opportunity to land a lucrative contract and play in the Premier League.

It remains to be seen how much Inter might demand for their key defender while knowing Newcastle’s desperation to sign reliable centre-backs in January. With just over 18 months left on his deal, it could be the correct move for the 29-year-old Dutch defender to test himself in the Premier League and become a long-term option for the Magpies.

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