Jetro Willems has told Dutch outlet VTBL that both Newcastle United and AS Roma are both interested in luring him away from German side Eintracht Frankfurt – and Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter.
The 25-year-old has long been linked with a move to Newcastle, with the Chronicle claiming more than three years ago that chief scout Graham Carr had watched the 22-time Netherlands international during his time at PSV.
Now, Newcastle could be about to reignite that interest in the left-sided defender, who has somewhat failed to live up to the expectations and the hype that surrounded him in the early stages of his career.
Willems has a contract at Frankfurt until the summer of 2021, but he spoke openly about his future and when asked about any potential interest from Newcastle, he replied: “There is interest from those clubs.”
Newcastle need a left-back. Paul Dummett has been a loyal servant on the left side of the defence, but he is deemed one of the weaker players in the starting eleven. Antonio Barreca and Kenedy both failed this season on loan.
Newcastle fans reacted to Willems’ comments on Twitter, with many of the belief that he would be a good signing for Rafa Benitez’s side while others cannot believe that they have been linked with the player again.
— . (@DubravkaOh) May 21, 2019
Take this geezer in a heartbeat. Looked class for Frankfurt in Europa league and he was playing out of position.
Still got his best years ahead of him too.
— Matthaus (@GeordieDubravka) May 20, 2019
Good player but shoddy injury record.
— The Perennial Pundit (@PerennialPundit) May 20, 2019
I think we'll still be interested in him when he's 50
— james hooker (@jimmyschmitz) May 20, 2019
Newcastle were looking at him years ago. No idea what he’s like now with the injuries but looked a good prospect.
— Chris Billany (@cbil1984) May 21, 2019
Lol how many times have we been linked to this fella!
— SuperSchär (@SuperSchar) May 20, 2019