Conor Coady has become a top target for Newcastle United in view of the January transfer window, according to a report.
After being taken over by a consortium backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, Newcastle have money to spend in the winter. They need to measure their approach, though, as they may not be able to attract stars of the highest calibre while in a relegation battle.
Still, they should be able to tempt enough players of a decent standard looking to mimic their forecasted path of growth.
Coady would certainly be a useful reinforcement thanks to the experience he has built up with Wolves. According to The Sun, he features on their list of targets for January.
Newcastle would like to strengthen a defence that has shipped 20 goals from their opening nine Premier League games this season.
With that in mind, they have identified Coady as someone who can help them become sturdier at the back.
The Wolves captain has been a regular in the Premier League ever since their promotion in 2018. He has also earned seven England caps since making his debut in 2020.
At the age of 28, Coady is at his peak and will want to remain in contention for his national team. But he may have a decision to make at club level that will be more important.
The report from The Sun claims that he is wanted upon the advice of Frank McParland, who is set to become an advisor to Amanda Staveley.
McParland was employed by Liverpool when Coady was coming through their ranks and will therefore recommend him to Newcastle.
They must work out how much they think the centre-half is worth. Wolves will want at least £20m to let go of their leader, especially to a club who could be battling for a similar position in the table.
Their position is strengthened by the fact that Coady is under contract until 2025. But Newcastle are capable of paying large sums if they think he would be good value for money.
McParland recommends another
Coady is the second centre-back Newcastle are considering under the advice of McParland.
The other player they are thinking about, the report reminds, is James Tarkowski of Burnley.
Tarkowski also impressed enough at club level to become an England international, although his last cap came in 2018.
He has been angling for a move away in recent transfer windows, but Burnley stood in his way.
Newcastle could test their resolve, though, as he is on their list of targets. Once again, McParland is the man with the connection.
McParland was at Brentford and then Burnley at the same time as the stopper. He has consequently put him on Newcastle’s ever-expanding shortlist of transfer targets.