Report: Newcastle to challenge Leeds for versatile 22-year-old
Newcastle United could challenge Leeds in January when it comes to trying to sign Middlesbrough utility man, Marcus Tavernier, according to the Daily Mail.
The Magpies are expected to be active in January. PIF will need to back Eddie Howe as the club looks to ensure they stave off relegation back to the Championship. And the Mail has listed a host of players Newcastle could sign, including Boro star Tavernier.
Tavernier, 22, has been outstanding for Middlesbrough this season. Under Chris Wilder, he has played every minute and has helped Boro climb into the top six under the former Sheffield United boss. However, the club face a fight to keep hold of their man.
TeamTalk have reported recently how Leeds are keen on Tavernier. And now with Newcastle in the mix as well, it seems the Championship star is a wanted man. Chris Wilder, of course, will be determined to keep his player.
But, money could end up talking. Newcastle have a chest full of it, while Leeds have shown in the first half of the season that their squad is desperate for depth. Tavernier, then, would fit the bill for both clubs.
TBR’s View: Tavernier To Newcastle A Solid If Unspectacular Signing
It wouldn’t be the worst business this from Newcastle. They’d get a player who is only going to get better and can help right from the off. But crucially, if they did go down, then Tavernier would be able to help them out of the Championship.
Newcastle will probably find January a bit more difficult than they imagine. Players could well be put off by the relegation battle. However, they can offer big money, and as we know, that will always have a big say in matters.
Versatile, young, and playing well in the Championship, Newcastle could do far worse than sign Marcus Tavernier.