By Russell Edge
Newcastle United are lining up a move for versatile Wolverhampton Wanderers player Conor Coady, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Magpies and their Premier League rivals West Brom are both interested in signing the 24-year-old, who prior to this season had primarily been utilised as a central midfielder.
However he has seen himself slotted into a centre back role under manager Nuno Espirito Santo for the current campaign, and has been a revelation at the heart of defence for Wolves.
The former Huddersfield Town man, who is said to be rated in the region of £7million by the Midlands club, has started in all but one of his side’s 13 Championship games this season, missing the win over Burton Albion through suspension, with Wolves at the top of the English second tier after a bright start to the season.
The reported Premier League interest comes despite Coady having signed a new long-term deal at the club back in September, which is set to tie him down until 2021.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle’s interest in the former England under-20 international is curious, as he has no Premier League experience and is only just starting to demonstrate his worth in the Championship. There is no doubt he is experienced in the second tier, with over 134 Championship appearances for his various clubs over the years but can he make that step up to the top flight? If there was one manager who would get the best out of him it would be Rafael Benitez, having seen meteoric rises in the performances of Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark, both of which were relegated two seasons ago. At around £7million it is by no means a risk free deal but certainly one that, if he demonstrates the required ability, would represent good value for money. By no means a groundbreaking transfer target, and not one which will have the supporters all excited, but a sensible one nonetheless.
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