Newcastle are reportedly set to make a January transfer window swoop for 24-year-old Italian centre-back Francesco Vicari.
Rafael Benitez’s men have yet to win a Premier League game this season and the Toon boss is said to be desperately seeking a solution to his side’s defensive problems.
And Sky Sports claims that the Spanish tactician is set to make a move for Vicari at the turn of the year.
Vicari, who is a former Italy Under-21 international, was a target for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham in 2017 – having joined his current club SPAL in 2016 after playing in Serie C for his local side Novara Calcio, where he made 62 appearances.
The 24-year-old was instrumental in SPAL’s promotion to Serie A in 2016, although they narrowly avoided relegation in 2017-18 – finishing 17th overall.
However, Vicari’s men have made a solid start to the new season, with three wins in three defeats in their opening six league games.
In contracts, the Magpies have lost five of their opening seven Premier League games – four of those loses coming at home – and Benitez is hoping a spending spree in January will provide a much more successful send half of the season.