Newcastle United have been offered the services of Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly, according to a report.
Bailly is one of a number of Manchester United players facing an uncertain future at the club. He signed a new contract with them last year, but it did not lead to the increased opportunities he hoped for.
Now, after six seasons at Old Trafford, it could be time for Bailly to find a new home. However, he could still get the chance to remain a Premier League player.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Bailly has been offered to Newcastle. The north-east outfit are aiming to add another centre-half to their squad after the positive impact of Dan Burn since his January arrival.
Lille defender Sven Botman has been a priority target for Eddie Howe’s side. But that deal has had its difficulties in getting over the line.
Hence, Newcastle are having to weigh up alternatives. The lure of adding Bailly to their squad may give them something to think about.
The 28-year-old has only 70 Premier League appearances to his name from his time with Man Utd. Injuries and competition for places have affected him at times.
But given a platform elsewhere, he could try and resurrect the form that made him a £30m player back in his Villarreal days.
Whether Newcastle make a move for Bailly – and how much that may cost them – remains to be seen. They have plenty of funds available, but must allocate them in an appropriate way.
As for Man Utd, a sale of Bailly could help them fund a deal for another defender, which may be one of the aspects Erik ten Hag wants resolving within his new squad.
Eric Bailly could benefit Newcastle
As long as he can stay away from the sidelines, Bailly may be the kind of player Newcastle should be targeting this summer.
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly forced out by Manchester United
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will leave Manchester United this summer to pay for Pau Torres from Villarreal
As their ambition grows, they will want to attract high-calibre options. But for now, they may have to pick up fringe players – with a point to prove – from the big clubs in the Premier League.
Bailly is a defender of a decent standard, whose experience could help Newcastle if they were receptive to the offer of his services.
His potential arrival would complete Newcastle’s backline, after the additions of Burn, Kieran Trippier and Matt Targett in January. But they have a few options to mull over before making a commitment.