Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign Amiens right-back Emil Krafth, according to the Chronicle.
The newspaper claims that the Magpies sent a scout to the KCOM Stadium on Wednesday to watch Jarrod Bowen play in Hull’s 2-0 defeat to Amiens.
It is understood that during that game, the Newcastle talent spotter also took a closer look at Sweden international Krafth, who joined Amiens on a permanent deal this summer after spending last season on loan with the Ligue 1 club from Bologna.
Newcastle appear to be nonplussed by the fact that Krafth has only recently signed a three-year deal with Amiens and are interested in signing him before the start of next season.
The Chronicle adds that it could be a busy couple of weeks on Tyneside with four potential new arrivals on the cards.
Newcastle really need to improve their options at right-back and the Chronicle’s report suggests that Krafth would be brought in to provide competition to DeAndre Yedlin. Krafth has earned 20 caps for Sweden and played regularly for Amiens last season, leading them to trigger their option to make his loan stay from Bolonga permanent. Amiens might have done that as they see Krafth as someone they can make a quick buck on, or they really want him to play in their first-team in Ligue 1 next season. Last term the Swedish right-back made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and supplying one assist in the process. Newcastle will more than likely have to offer up plenty of cash to make Amiens consider selling their newly-signed right-back, so this is not a deal that fans should get too excited about just yet. It’s good that Steve Bruce wants a new right-back though because his current options are not good enough.