New centre-back ‘in the picture’ – Newcastle ‘willing to pay’ €20m

Newcastle United are “willing to pay” €20m to sign Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi, according to reports.

The Magpies have already signed one defender this month. This came as Kieran Trippier joined the club from Atletico Madrid.

They are also keen to improve their options at centre-back this month. Lille star Sven Botman has been their “top target”, but this transfer now looks to be off the table.

Newcastle have so much money and so little competence

Dutch outlet De Telegraaf (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that Senesi is now “in the picture” for Newcastle.

The Argentinian has been with Feyenoord since 2019. He has been an ever-present for the Eredivisie side over the past couple of seasons.

Senesi has already played 28 times for Feyenoord this term. A separate report from ELF Voetbal claims that Newcastle are “willing to pay” €20m for the 24-year-old.

They add that it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to tempt Feyenoord to sell Senesi this month.

Elsewhere, Newcastle look set to sign Burnley star Chris Wood. Paul Merson believes the striker is an ideal signing for the Magpies:

“They have to take a chance and hope someone can hit the ground running,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Now, to hit the ground running, and I know he isn’t prolific, but Wood plays every week for Burnley and he plays in the Premier League.

“He knows what this league is about, and you know he will be alright in this league.

“It’s not going to be a shock to him, and he will run through a brick wall for you.

“That’s what Newcastle need. They need the likes of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

“They need players who are going to roll their sleeves up and not come in and be shocked how fast the Premier League is.”

Merson went onto suggest that Newcastle’s new owners “thought it was going to be easy”

“They took over and thought it was going to be easy.

“Trippier is a good player who will roll his sleeves up and that is what you want. But they are not where they are in the table because of the right-back. We never sit and watch Newcastle and moan that they haven’t got a right-back.

“They’ve just made him their highest-paid player ever, so he sets the bar. Whoever comes in now is going to be the highest-paid player and then the next person in, and so on.

“Surely, they are not bringing in a centre forward and he’s going to be on less money than the right-back?”

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