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At £8m, Newcastle should throw hat into ring for left-back - Villa and Celtic linked

Aston Villa, Celtic and Manchester City have all recently been linked with a move to sign Bologna teenager Aaron Hickey. But given his £8million price tag, Newcastle have got to throw their hat into the ring for the Scottish ace.

Hickey, 19, has been in sensational form this season. Having joined Bologna from Hearts in the summer of 2020, Hickey only managed 12 appearances in his first season. But this time around, he has played in all 20 league games.

Either as a left-back, a winger or on as a wing-back in a five-man defender – Hickey has sparkled alongside the likes of Marko Arnautovic. He has even netted five league goals, including a stunner most recently against Sassuolo.

His form has not gone unnoticed back on these shores. Indeed, CalcioMercato report that Celtic and Manchester City are keen. More recently, Tuttosport – via TeamTalk – say that Steven Gerrard is on pole position to sign Hickey.

Newcastle United's January Transfer Window Dilemma

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Hickey future: Newcastle need left-back more than Celtic, Villa and City…

Manchester City, Celtic and Villa all have viable left-back options. Hickey does not overtake Matty Targett at Villa. He does not displace Joao Cancelo or Oleksandr Zinchenko at City. At Celtic, he is first choice.

But the Hoops are hardly going to splash a near club-record £8million fee on Hickey – which is what Edinburgh News report Bologna want. Newcastle desperately need a left-back and have the money to pay the required fee.

Jamal Lewis has not worked out, Matt Ritchie is a right-footed winger and Paul Dummett struggled in the Championship. Only Jetro Williems has shown any kind of quality at left-back, since the Toon returned to the top tier.

Newcastle’s new owners look as if they are going to target young, exciting players. Sven Botman of Lille, for example. At £8million, Hickey would solve the left-back issue both short term, and long term.

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