The national newspaper claim that Steve Bruce has identified the position of left-back at St James Park as one that urgently needs addressing and that he would love a player of Rose’s calibre.
The Daily Star report that Bruce is monitoring the Tottenham full-back’s situation with a summer exit for him looking inevitable, and note that if the defender is still available at the end of the month then an eight-figure offer will be made.
It is believed that Rose’s being a cult figure of the Stadium of Light after a successful season for Sunderland and the fact French giants Paris St Germain are keen on him are perceived as being potential problems to overcome.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that the Magpies need a new left-back this summer when you look at their current options. Achraf Lazaar was deemed not good enough by Rafa Benitez last season as he was loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday, Matt Ritchie is a make-shift left-wing back who is better suited higher up the field, and Javier Manquillo while capable of playing there, appears to be better suited as a right-back. While the Magpies do have Paul Dummet, who played 26 times last season, if the 27-year-old got injured then the Magpies would be in panic mode. So it makes complete sense for the Magpies to pursue Rose, who earns £60,000-a-week currently (Source: Spotrac), but it’s unclear why they want to wait until the end of the month to act. The 29-year-old has been left out of Spurs pre-season tour so is clearly up for grabs, and the Magpies’ chance of getting him would be better if they moved sooner rather than later. Rose made 26 Premier League appearances for Spurs in his latest campaign, racking up three assists, and averaged a decent rating of 6.84 (Source: WhoScored).