Newcastle United and Aston Villa are set to meet this weekend in the Premier League.
Indeed, they thrashed the Toon at Villa Park back in April and have strengthened since.
Moussa Diaby, strongly linked with a move to Newcastle, is one of the headline additions under Unai Emery.
Now, another reported Toon target could be on the way there.
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Unai Emery confirms Aston Villa are trying to sign Nicolo Zaniolo
Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for Galatasaray attacking midfielder, Nicolo Zaniolo.
Still, following an injury to Emi Buendia, Emery has confirmed Zaniolo is also on Villa’s list.
Speaking on Thursday ahead of his team’s trip to St James’, Emery said (via Fabrizio Romano): “He is one on the list and there are others.
“There could be one or more with the potential to come here. Right now it is not 100 per cent clear who they are”.
Defence should be the priority for Newcastle
While the idea of a rival in Villa signing a player linked with Newcastle is hardly ideal, there should be other priorities during what remains of the window.
None of the options behind Fabian Schar and Sven Botman in central defence look overly convincing, particularly with the former over 30 and currently suffering with a slight injury.
Given the FFP constraints the club are working under this summer, it seems safe to assume the budget is tight at the moment.
With that in mind, any remaining funds available would surely be better spent there.