Newcastle United will reportedly listen to offers for both Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune this window.
Chronicle Live claims the Magpies see the pair as a means of raising funds to strengthen other areas of the team.
With money tight, Steve Bruce needs to sell to buy in order to get his squad ready for the return of the Premier League in a little over a week’s time.
Switzerland international Schar has been with Newcastle since signing from Deportivo La Coruna for a bargain £3 million in 2018 (BBC Sport).
Frenchman Lejeune arrived at St. James’ Park the summer before Schar from Eibar for a reported fee of £8.7 million (Sky Sports).
Both players are considered solid defenders by Newcastle supporters and both are highly regarded.
TBR’s View – Neither should be sold
Bruce needs to wheel and deal this window, but listening to offers for Schar and Lejeune is probably not the best idea.
Newcastle have carved out a reputation for having a strong defence in recent times, and the pair have been key to that.
Schar does only have one year remaining on his contract, but the club should gamble by keeping him and hoping he signs an extension.
Lejeune has certainly had his injury problems (as has Schar), but has proven himself a highly capable Premier League defender when he has played.
Simply, Bruce should be looking at other members of his squad to offload, not two potentially very important staples at the back.