Newcastle United are interested in signing Brentford centre-back Pontus Jansson in the January transfer window, according to a report.

Alongside Leicester City and Everton, the Guardian are reporting that the Magpies are hoping to take advantage of the 30-year-old’s contract situation.

The Swedish international is out of contract in June, but the Guardian claim that the Bees have the option of extending the former Leeds United man’s deal by a further year.

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However, fresh after scoring his first goal in the Premier League, the trio of Premier League clubs have been impressed by Jansson’s performances, in his season in the top-flight.


Eddie Howe’s side would find themselves in a similar situation to their pursuit of James Tarkowski, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.

The Guardian report that Thomas Frank’s side are likely to demand a ‘hefty fee’ for Jansson, who has started all 16 of their Premier League matches this season.

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With the newly-promoted side sitting nicely in midtable, Newcastle would likely have to pay over the odds to convince Brentford to part ways with one of their key players, who was instrumental in getting them promoted to the Premier League for the first time.

This is the issue Newcastle’s Saudi-led consortium is going to face heading into the January transfer window, clubs will try to exploit the Toon Army’s new-found wealth.

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Nevertheless, Howe needs quality reinforcements, who will immediately improve the starting line-up.

With his extensive experience of playing in England, Jansson is the type of ready-made signing that Howe urgently needs to bolster our survival bid.

PIF may have to accept that they will be hold to ransom and have to pay over the odds to sign the players we require to preserve our top-flight status.

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