Newcastle United are interested in signing Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis before the transfer window closes, according to the Daily Mail.
The left-back was subject of interest from Premier League champions Liverpool earlier in the summer, with the Reds seeing a £10 million bid rejected by the Canaries.
Norwich value one of their most prized assets at closer to £20 million, with the player under contract at Carrow Road until 2023.
Newcastle were thumped 5-1 by Middlesbrough in a pre-season friendly match yesterday and it seems obvious that defensive recruits are required.
Lewis is extremely highly-rated and at 22-years-old, the Magpies would be landing a player who could become a top player in years to come.
Last season, the man with 12 caps for Northern Ireland featured 33 times for Norwich as they were relegated from the Premier League.
Lewis produced several eyecatching performances though with a stylish brand of playing at full-back. He is good going forward, strong in the tackle and very comfortable in possession of the ball.
It seems quite clear that Newcastle could do with reinforcing their left-back position. Paul Dummett is the only natural option, with Matt Ritchie capable of filling in if called upon.
During January 2020, Newcastle added Danny Rose to their ranks but it would appear that a permanent deal for the Tottenham man is now off the agenda.
With that in mind, Lewis could prove a smart addition for Newcastle and it would appease the hierarchy given that the Norwich man would hold significant sell-on value in the future.
Signing Lewis might not come easy for Newcastle and having rejected Liverpool’s advances they might have to push the boat out financially to get their man.
He’s a signing who could go a long way to please the club’s disgruntled fanbase too.
If they could pull off a deal for Lewis and land a couple more new faces, they could head into the new season in good shape.