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Experience of Manchester United outcast Antonio Valencia could help Newcastle United’s survival bid

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Experience of Manchester United outcast Antonio Valencia could help Newcastle United’s survival bid

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia is wanted by Newcastle United.

According to a report by The Sun, Newcastle United and Fulham are ready to scrap it out for Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia.

Manchester United are willing to let Valencia leave on loan or even on a free transfer as he approaches the final months of his contract.

If Man United cancel Valencia’s contract and make him a free agent, Rafa Benitez is reportedly keen on bringing him to St James’ Park.

And the veteran defender could add some vital experience to Newcastle’s ranks in their bid to escape the drop.

The 33-year-old would be a short-term fix but he provides an alternative option at right-back, instead of DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo.

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Valencia has spent the past 12-and-a-half years in the Premier League, amassing a mammoth total of 324 appearances.

 

The 93-cap Ecuador international is not quite the player he was a few years ago but he would add experience and consistency to Newcastle’s ranks.

Benitez needs players that he can depend on and Valencia has been a solid performer at right-back ever since he made the transition from winger a few years ago.

Yedlin and Manquillo blow hot and cold but Valencia could shore things up at the back in a right-back or right-wing-back role.

With both defensive solidity and attacking menace, Valencia could help lift Newcastle away from the danger zone if he completes a January move.

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