The Athletic have claimed that Newcastle United are interested in signing Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo in the January transfer window – but the Toon face competition from Sheffield United in pursuit of a loan move.
Rojo, 30, has been completely ostracised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. The 61-time Argentina international has been included in the 25-man Premier League squad – but was omitted from the Champions League list.
The former Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow defender is about to enter the final six months of his contract at United – making him available to non-English clubs under the Bosman ruling. But the report claims he wants to remain in England.
Indeed, the report claims Newcastle are interested in taking Rojo on loan with Steve Bruce eyeing a central defender – that can also provide cover on the left. Sheffield United and two Spanish sides are also keen on the tough-tackling star.
TBR’s view – Could South American contingent help Newcastle?
The Toon boast a number of players from that continent. Defender Fede Fernandez is a fellow Argentine, while Joelinton is from Brazil and Miguel Almiron from Paraguay. Having those kind of players in the team would surely tempt Rojo.
At least, compared to Sheffield United who are much more domestically based. Rojo would be a decent signing for Bruce’s side who have had to revert to fringe player Ciaran Clark and even midfielder Isaac Hayden at centre-back. Potentially, a good deal.
It is believed Rojo is earning £100,000 a week, and Newcastle would have to arrange a deal in which they only pay a portion of that figure. With Rojo on the sidelines, a deal can surely be struck in January.