Date: 1st August 2019 at 1:30pm
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OPINION

These last few days of the transfer window promise to be fairly hectic on Tyneside. 

With Steve Bruce not taking over at Newcastle United until late in preseason, it has given the new manager very little time to assemble a squad in his own image ahead of the new league campaign.

Joelinton has come in for around £40 million, and youngsters Kyle Scott and Jake Turner look as if they will probably feature predominantly for the U23s, but those moves aside, there have been plenty of whispers but not a whole lot of substance.

One area that definitely needs reinforcing is at full-back.

Matt Ritchie did well at left-back last term, and arguably the position is his to lose, while Paul Dummett is always a willing and dependable worker. On the other side of the backline DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo are both options, but the Magpies could definitely do with another out and out full-back to bolster their ranks.

One name that has been touted in recent days has been that of Amiens defender Emil Krafth, as reported by Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old Swede averaged 1.6 tackles and 2.3 clearances for the Ligue 1 side last season, as per Whoscored, and looked for the most part like a really decent talent.

And now, his current manager, Luka Elsner, has spoken out with comments that are sure to get Toon hearts fluttering.

Speaking to le11amienois.fr, he said: “Emil is a great professional.

“There are no worries about him and his ability to handle events.

“For my part, I know there are things going on behind the scenes. Today, I’m on the field and what interests me are the players at my disposal.”

That certainly sounds as if something is in the offing, and with Newcastle the side most strongly linked with the player, it’s fair to assume that they are having some kind of a say on negotiations.