Date: 13th June 2018 at 3:29pm
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OPINION

Newcastle United must kick open the door that Leicester City have foolishly left ajar by signing Bayer Leverkusen defender Aleksandar Dragovic.

The Foxes looked set to wrap up a nice easy deal for the impressive enforcer as they had an option to sign him on a permanent basis after having him on loan last season.

However the Leicester Mercury revealed on Wednesday that a delay in a deal getting done had seen a host of clubs join the hunt for his signature and if there’s any chance he won’t be heading to the King Power Stadium this summer, the Magpies must intervene.

The newspaper state that Dragovic would cost in the region of £15million and that shouldn’t be a price completely out of the Magpies’ reach despite it being close to equalling the club’s transfer record.

After all the Magpies at least according to the Daily Mail were thought to be in the race to sign the far inferior West Bromwich Albion’s Craig Dawson who was thought to be valued at £15million as well.

Dragovic would be a fantastic signing for Rafa Benitez to make as not only does the manager want a new centre-back, as reported by the Chronicle, the Magpies boss has huge ambitions for the club.

The 27-year-old has a packed trophy cabinet from his time at Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev and Switzerland’s FC Basel and knows a thing or two about lifting silverware.

Aside from his winning mentality, Dragovic is proven in the Premier League after wowing supporters in his 11 league appearances for the Foxes in the 2017/18 season.

In fact the 27-year-old was wrongly underused by the club as he put in several impressive displays in order to justify being played more.

While the Magpies have a solid partnership at the heart of their defence already with Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune, Dragovic would be the perfect third central defender to have in Benitez’s squad.

The 27-year-old is capable of keeping both talented defenders on their toes and would give the Spanish manager the option of playing a three-man defence.

Therefore the Magpies must kick open the door foolishly left ajar by the Foxes to sign Dragovic as it would be a fantastic move by the club.