By Harvey Byrne
Premier League duo Newcastle and West Brom have made a last-gasp approach for Bologna enforcer Filip Helander, according to a journalist.
Nima Tavallaey, who has previously wrote for Goal and Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that both the Magpies and the Baggies have made enquiries for the 24-year-old two-time Sweden international with just over 24 hours of the transfer window left.
— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) August 30, 2017
Tavallaey had previously wrote for the Goal website that English Championship side Leeds have made an offer for Helander.
However, he states in his Tweet that Thomas Christiansen’s side’s interest has “cooled off considerably”, leaving Newcastle and West Brom in the race.
The Magpies have already added centre-back Florian Lejeune to their side from Eibar this summer, but following the Frenchman’s injury they could now be casting their eyes elsewhere.
Helander himself played just 13 times in all competitions for Bologna in the last campaign, while in the 2017-18 campaign he was handed 69 minutes in their most recent 1-0 victory over Benevento.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle don’t especially need a new centre-back with Chancel Mbemba, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles and Lejeune all in their squad and it should be the attacking, goalkeeper and wide positions that the Magpies should put further focus on before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Helander himself doesn’t look much better than the aforementioned Newcastle defenders either and if the north east giants are truly pursuing Helander than it could be time wasted and taken away from alternate targets.
In other Newcastle transfer news, a report has detailed the Magpies’ stance on two Premier League strikers after making contact.