Newcastle United have been linked with a move for the Dutch centre back Danilho Doekhi.
The 22-year-old has been outstanding for Vitesse Arnhem him this season and his performances have caught the attention of Italian club Atalanta as well.
According to De Telegraaf, there is ‘serious interest’ from the Premier League club and it will be interesting to see if the Magpies submit an offer for the defender in the coming weeks.
Doekhi has one year left on his current contract with the Dutch outfit and Vitesse will be under pressure to cash in on him this summer unless he signs an extension.
Apparently, the likes of Fulham and Rangers were keen on the player earlier this year.
SL View: Could be a useful bargain for Newcastle
Newcastle could certainly use some defensive reinforcements and the 22-year-old has the potential to prove to be a quality long term addition.
Doekhi is likely to improve with experience and game time. Furthermore, his contract situation means that he might be available for a reasonable price this summer.
Vitesse paid €250,000 for him three years ago and they will be able to make a healthy profit without asking for an absurd sum of money for their prized asset.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can fend off the competition from Atalanta and secure the Dutchman’s services.
Atalanta will be able to provide the player with European football and that could give them an edge in the transfer pursuit.
Doekhi can play as a centre back as well as a defensive midfielder. His versatility could make him a very useful option for Steve Bruce next season.