Leicester City face Newcastle transfer competition as defender ‘identified’ as January target

Newcastle United have started planning their lives under a new owner, with an eye on the January transfer window.

The takeover of Premier League rivals Leicester City was confirmed at the weekend, with Saudi owners among the richest club owners in the world.

Speculation has already started as to who the Magpies might target in the winter window, which is less than three months away.

The last name mentioned is Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who has previously been heavily linked with a move to King Power Stadium.

Sport Telegraph say the England international is “likely” to join Newcastle in the showcase after his name “featured heavily” in talks between football advisers at St James’ Park.

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It is also reported that the 28-year-old is said to be keen to move to the club.

When the transfer window opens, the defender will have only six months left on his contract at Turf Moor, and it is claimed he has a “gentleman’s agreement” that the club will not get in his way. he wants to move on in January.

City have been heavily linked with a move for Tarkowski, with offers reportedly turned down by Burnley in previous windows as Brendan Rodgers sought defensive reinforcements.

A long-term injury from Wesley Fofana, as well as City’s defensive weaknesses so far this season, mean this could be a position the club are looking to strengthen again in the window.

It appears, however, that they will now face some competition if they want to rekindle their interest in Tarkowski in January.

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