Newcastle need reinforcements at left-back this summer, so a report that Ryan Bertrand could be available should catch the Magpies’ attention.

According to the Daily Echo, Southampton are considering selling either Bertrand or Matt Targett, another left-back who Newcastle have previously been interested in.

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But it is the former who we should take a look at. The ex Chelsea defender is an experienced Premier League player, having played in the top flight for the Blues, the Saints and Aston Villa. He’s even a Champions League winner.

While he is set to turn 30 in August, Bertrand still has a lot to offer.

Bertrand can fill two voids at St James’ Park

When it comes to out-and-out left-backs, Paul Dummett is the only one we’ve got now that Antonio Barreca’s woeful loan spell is over.

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The local lad needs competition, and Bertrand would bring exactly that. And as a more attacking defender, he could add an extra dimension to Newcastle’s attack.

If we continue to use a back five next season, Bertrand could be even more useful. Matt Ritchie has operated at left wing-back and has been exceptional. But the Southampton man would be a more natural fit and could allow Ritchie to play further up the pitch.

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Despite his age, Bertrand would be an excellent signing. He’d add competition to an area in the pitch that has desperately needed it for years.

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