German newspaper Bild have claimed that Newcastle United are interested in signing Nurnburg midfielder Patrick Erras this summer, but face plenty of competition from the Bundesliga.
Erras, 24, is a holding midfielder that stands at a colossal 6ft 5in. He has struggled for game time this season, managing just 13 Bundesliga appearances.
His future at Nurnburg looks short-lived. That is because he has a contract with the German outfit until the summer of 2020. He has broken into the starting XI of late, starting and finishing the last five league games.
Newcastle are likely to be interested in a central midfielder in the summer, but they face enormous competition from some of the Bundesliga’s biggest clubs. Both Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen are interested.
It is believed both sides are willing to pay “well over £8.6million (€10million)”. It remains to be seen if Newcastle can match such a figure, with owner Mike Ashley remaining tight on the Toon coffers.
Newcastle desperately need additions in the middle of the park. Had it not been for the breakthrough of Sean Longstaff in central midfield, Newcastle will have really struggled this season.
This summer, it looks as though the options will be further depleted. Isaac Hayden has reiterated his desire to leave and move south to be with his family, while Mo Diame’s contract expires this summer.
Ki Sung-yueng has hardly had the desired impact while Jonjo Shelvey has been linked with West Ham. So signing a central midfielder is crucial, and Erras could be that man.