By Kevin Campbell

15th Jan, 2022 | 11:00am

Newcastle 'well on way to staying up' after source's update on £17m Senesi pursuit - pundit

Marcos Senesi could help Newcastle “go up a level” in their quest to avoid relegation, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old’s left-footedness will bring a “key” balance to the Magpies.

This site revealed on Tuesday (11 January) that Newcastle and Brighton are plotting moves to sign Feyenoord defender Senesi this month.

The Argentine has entered the final 18 months of his contract at De Kuip and an offer of £16.8million would be enough to seal a deal.

Campbell insisted a double deal for Senesi and reported target Diego Carlos could go a long way to boost Newcastle’s survival hopes.

“Having that balance of both-footedness at the back is key,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“Senesi could help them go up a level. When you’re not shipping goals, that’s when you can then go and think about winning games.

“They haven’t really managed to keep teams out. Trippier is through the door, they obviously want two centre backs, and I’m sure they’ll be thinking about a left-back too – they were discussing Digne.

“Getting those players in will really upgrade that defence, and they really need that. If they can get Senesi and someone like Diego Carlos in then they’ll be well on the way to staying up.”

Senesi has made 28 appearances for Feyenoord this term, including five in the Europa Conference League.

Newcastle face 17th-place Watford tomorrow in a relegation six-pointer, knowing a win could see them leapfrog the Hornets.

The Magpies have won just one Premier League game this term, with only one top-flight side conceding more goals (42, to Norwich’s 44).

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