By Danny Wright
Russian side Krasnodar have offered Newcastle the services of left-back Cristian Ramirez, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that the Magpies are in desperate need of a left-back before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday after an injury forced Paul Dummett out of action until November, leading manager Rafa Benitez to demand the board to help him fill the void.
Ramirez, 23, has 10 international caps for Ecuador and took part in Krasnodar’s early Europa League qualifiers this summer.
He isn’t the only South American international that Newcastle are keeping tabs on to solve their left-back headache with Argentina and Independiente defender Nicolas Tagliafico also said to be on the Tynesiders’ radar.
Newcastle are so short of options at left-back that Chancel Mbemba has been drafted in to play there in recent weeks with Achraaf Lazaar said to be on the verge of leaving.
Genoa are said to be leading the race for his signature, with Bologna, Atalanta and Real Betis also pursuing the out-of-favour full-back.
Football Insider Verdict
When teams start offering out their players, it’s not really a good sign. Krasnodar probably feel that Ramirez isn’t good enough for them and have decided to let him go. Tagliafico definitely seems like a better option for the cash-strapped Magpies. He is reported to be valued at less than £5million, so he could be a really frugal buy. Benitez could be one of the first Premier League managers to walk this season after what has been a hard summer for him. Although he has made additions, it’s hard to admit that any of them really improve the squad from what won the Championship last term. Relegation will firmly be in the mind of some fans, and Benitez will not want any part in that.
In other Newcastle news, one of Europe’s strongest clubs is about to make an offer for one of the Magpies’ main striker targets.