Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that Newcastle United could look to hijack Fulham’s move to raid Serie A side Sampdoria and lure Omar Colley to the Premier League, as the African continues to be heavily linked with English clubs.
Colley, 27, has caught the eye for Sampdoria in his two years with the Italian club after joining from Belgian side Genk. He has since played 57 times in all competitions for Sampdoria, becoming renowned for his strength, pace and aerial ability.
Fulham are desperate to sign central defenders before October 5 and many have been linked with the west London side. Colley is the latest, with the Italian report stating that Fulham are in talks over a move. However, Newcastle could make a late move.
Indeed, it is believed Newcastle tried to sign the Gambia international in January and could go back in for Colley. Italian website SampNews24 have claimed that Celtic, West Ham, Liverpool and others are keen – with a fee of £9million enough (CM).
TBR’s view – Colley would be a top addition for Newcastle
The Toon certainly need central defenders. The club have loaned out Florian Lejeune, leaving the club with Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez for a side that sometimes use a back three.
Colley would add some much-needed pace at the back, at a bargain price. It would give Bruce more flexibility in being able to use a back three or just two centre-backs given his pace and ability to recover if a player goes through.
A no-brainer for Newcastle to hijack Fulham’s move for a player that has the same agent as ex-Toon striker Emmanuel Riviere, as per TransferMarkt.