Wolverhampton Wanderers will reportedly listen to offers for Willy Boly this month, and he could be a good option for Newcastle.
They need to improve their defensive ranks, with Eddie Howe keen to bring in two centre-backs. It had been hoped that at least one would arrive before the Watford game, but that hasn’t happened.
Newcastle are looking at big name defenders, with Sven Botman and Diego Carlos the subject of interest from PIF. However, we’ve been unable to land either so far.
The search for centre-backs has proven to be frustrating, with teams wanting massive money to land their players. Lille reportedly want Newcastle to pay £46million for Botman. That would make him our record signing.
As we reach the halfway stage in the window, pressure is mounting on Newcastle to get the players they need. So perhaps someone closer to home could be a decent alternative to the likes of Botman, Carlos and Benoit Badiashile.
Willy Boly could be a short-term solution for Newcastle
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves will listen to offers for Boly this month. The Frenchman was previously a mainstay in the Wolves backline, but has lost his place due to injury and the emergence of Max Kilman.
Boly, who turns 31 next month, hasn’t played a single Premier League game all season. He’s appeared just once for Bruno Lage’s side this campaign. That came in the EFL Cup defeat to Spurs in September.
Despite being born in France, Boly represents Ivory Coast at international level. He was set to appear at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but was forced to withdraw from the squad.
While his lack of football is concerning, Boly could be a good option for Newcastle if he can prove his fitness.
It has previously been reported that Howe would like players with Premier League experience. The 30-year-old has exactly that. He’s featured 79 times in the top flight of English football.
While mainly used in a three at Molineux, he would certainly be an improvement on what we currently have. He’s also decent in possession, which is a quality Howe is looking for in his defenders.
With big names being linked, Boly is perhaps a player we should only target towards the end of the window. But by then we should know where we stand with our major targets, such as Botman and Carlos.
If it gets to the last few days of the window and we still need a defender, we could do a lot worse than enquire about Boly. Wolves are keen to move him on, and shouldn’t be reluctant to deal with us given their strong position in the table.
Plus, if we do sign him, we can make more juvenile jokes like we did when Chris Wood was announced. And isn’t that the main thing?