According to Tuttomercato (via talkSPORT), Newcastle are keeping tabs on Inter Milan left-back Yuto Nagatomo, but so also are West Brom and Burnley.
The Japan international has a contract that runs until the summer of 2019 at the San Siro, and is stalling on a contract extension as he eyes a possible Premier League switch.
Newcastle’s first choice left-back heading into the new season Paul Dummett sustained a long-term injury on matchday 1, and boss Rafa Benitez has eyes on securing a quality cover and competition.
The reports say the Spaniard wants Nagatomo in January, but it remains to be seen whether Inter would agree to let their man go mid-way through the season.
However, they might be forced to do so should contract talks continue to stall and suitors offer something concrete.
Newcastle will without a doubt benefit from the huge experience of the 31-year-old should they manage to land him.
Considering that the likes of Chancel Mbemba and Javier Manquillo have been excellent in the role so far, however, going for a veteran unproven at Premier League level can be deemed unnecessary.