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'Could run all the way into deadline day': Sky reporter suggests Newcastle still on course for £16m signing

Newcastle United look set to be incredibly busy in the last few days of the January transfer window.

The Magpies have already signed two players – Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

So far, a third player has eluded Newcastle, and there have been some disappointments along the way.

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The Magpies haven’t been able to get deals for the likes of Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, Robin Gosens and Jesse Lingard over the line.

However, Newcastle seem to be making decent progress over Bruno Guimaraes.

Mitchel Bakker is another player who could potentially arrive at St James’ Park over the next few days.

Last week, the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle made a £14.5million offer for the Bayer Leverkusen left-back.

On Thursday, Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth provided a new update on the Bakker to Newcastle links.

“Newcastle are still looking to strengthen in every area of the pitch and particularly in defence,” he said (27/1/22, 17:44).

“They remain in talks with Bayer Leverkusen about signing their left back Mitchel Bakker.

“He would cost around £16m, Leverkusen would do business with Newcastle, provided they can bring in a replacement for Bakker.

“And all the suggestions are this one could run all the way into transfer deadline day and it could be a late deal that gets completed.”

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“Likes to get up and down the left flank”

Although Bakker has had some injury troubles so far this season, Leverkusen have regularly named him in their starting line-up.

The player has also impressed on the international stage, registering six assists in 12 outings for the Netherlands Under-21s.

Last year, the Bundesliga website compared Bakker to RB Leipzig and Germany defender Marcel Halstenberg.

“He may stand at 6ft 1in tall and have the physical profile of a centre-back,” they wrote.

“But Bakker likes to get up and down the left flank, his anticipation, quick control and turn of pace making him an attacking asset moments after winning back possession.

“The fact Bakker could be used on the left of a three or as a wing-back in a 3-4-3, as well as in his natural slot on the left of a back four, should come in useful to new Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane next season.

“(It) is reminiscent of RB Leipzig and Germany defender Marcel Halstenberg.”

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