Newcastle are weighing up a move for Galatasaray fullback Sacha Boey, according to Aksam.
The Turkish publication claims that the Magpies are “closely” monitoring the player, who also has a number of other suitors.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Juventus are said to be interested in Boey too, who could be sold this summer if a team matches his reported €25m (£21.5m) asking price.
At 22 years of age, the Frenchman certainly fits the profile for the type of player that manager Eddie Howe is looking for. His adaptability would make him an attractive target. While he has played mostly as a right-back in his career so far, he has been deployed on the opposite flank on occasion.
With Newcastle keen on recruiting fullbacks on either side of the pitch, bringing in Boey could potentially kill two birds with one stone.
A move for Livramento has stalled
While there was increasing optimism that a deal could be reached with Southampton to sign Tino Livramento last week, it appears that the transfer has once again hit the buffers.
With the Saints thought to be demanding as much as £40m for the defender, it may price Magpies out of the move. Considering that Boey is effectively available for half the price, switching targets is a real possibility.
Newcastle have to work within their budget
In an ideal world, Howe would probably like the club to pay the £40m needed to sign Livramento, as well as another £30m to recruit Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney. However, Financial Fairplay rules mean that isn’t realistic, unless the club can raise the money through sales.
Buying a lower-cost player like Boey and, potentially, recruiting Lewis Hall on loan from Chelsea, could be the way to go. With five weeks remaining before the transfer window closes, we shall see how things unfold.