‘There is interest’: Sky Sports journalist claims Newcastle want ‘top class’ Everton target – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie, Newcastle United are highly interested in signing Brandon Williams this month.
The Magpies have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old defender, with The Chronicle claiming earlier this month that the player himself is keen to join the Tyneside club.
Downie has claimed that Southampton and Bayer Leverkusen are interested in him as well.
Jamal Lewis has struggled to make an impact since his £15m move from Norwich in the summer, and Bruce wants competition in that department.
Downie said to Sky Sports: “I know there is interest in Brandon Williamsfrom Manchester United. But we have mentioned Southampton and Bayer Leverkusen, so there is a lot of interest in Williams.
“Jamal Lewis has failed to settle fully since his £15m move from Norwich, and I think Bruce would want competition there.”
SL View: Strong competition
Williams made his breakthrough last term and ended the campaign with 36 appearances in all competitions.
He has struggled for regular games this season and has dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Alex Telles in the summer.
Southampton have reportedly made an approach while Everton are also interested in signing the youngster.
Williams is a versatile full-back and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described him as a ‘top-class’ player last season.
He is a natural right-back but largely played as a left-back last season since his making his debut for the Red Devils.
He would be a very good signing for the Toffees as well.
Everton could be looking to sign a right-back as a cover for Seamus Coleman. Jonjoe Kenny has failed to impress Carlo Ancelotti and could leave the club in January with Burnley interested.
Alternatively, he can be a good back-up option for Lucas Digne on the left as well.
However, Newcastle can provide him with a regular game time that he badly needs at the moment.
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