Report: Newcastle eye title-winning 29-year-old Benitez wanted in 2018
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Report: Newcastle eye title-winning 29-year-old Benitez wanted in 2018

Newcastle United are considering a move for Nicolas Tagliafico as a potential alternative for Lucas Digne, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The Magpies look to be closing in on their first signing of the January transfer window. Kieran Trippier appears to be on the verge of moving to St James’ Park.

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It was reported this week that Newcastle wanted Digne to be the man to follow Trippier to Tyneside. However, the Magpies are apparently keeping their options open.

Everton reportedly want £30 million for the Frenchman. He is also earning £100,000-a-week at Goodison Park. And with that, Newcastle are interested in Tagliafico, according to the Daily Mail.

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Tagliafico has enjoyed a brilliant spell with Ajax. However, he has fallen out of favour this season. He has only made two starts in the Eredivisie. And he has been an unused substitute in five of their last seven games.

Tagliafico may prove shrewd signing for Newcastle

He has previously been one of the best left-backs in Europe. Tagliafico was a key member of the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-final. And he was part of the Argentina squad that went on to win the Copa America last year.

At 29, he will feel that he still has plenty to offer. And he must surely be open to a Premier League move while he is playing so little in Amsterdam.

He is actually a player Newcastle have been linked with previously. The Daily Mirror reported in 2018 that Rafa Benitez had the defender on his radar.

He would likely be a cheaper option than Digne. But he could still prove to be a very shrewd signing.

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