Former Newcastle United full-back Warren Barton has said on TalkSport that the Magpies should go after Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady.

Barton believes that Coady is the type of defender that Newcastle need to help organise the backline.

The Englishman was part of the famous ‘Entertainers’ side under Kevin Keegan and spent seven years on Tyneside. He even picked up some caps for England along the way.

Barton also thinks that Newcastle should go after former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman is currently at Juventus but has been linked with Newcastle recently.

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Barton believes Wolves captain Coady could aid Newcastle’s defensive problems

On the White and Jordan show, the ex-defender explained why he thought Coady would be a strong signing for Newcastle.

He said, “Conor Coady, I look at someone like him – a leader, organised in the back, versatile.”

The Wolves captain has been with the club since 2015. Over those six years at Molineux, he has established himself as their best centre-back. This season, Wolves have only conceded 14 goals so far, which is one fewer than league leader Manchesrer City.

Additionally, Coady has managed to acquire 8 caps for England. The Wolves centre-half was called up to Gareth Southgate’s side in the Euros last summer.

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It will be difficult to acquire a top centre-back from a fellow Premier League side

Considering that Coady is a key player at Wolves, it would make Newcastle’s attempt to sign him very difficult. Whilst the Magpies have the funds, Wolves would probably ask for a high price.

Additionally, selling a top player to a fellow Premier league in January would be highly unlikely. It’s been a challenge for Newcastle to pursue other English sides’ players, seeing them look mostly abroad.

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There’s no question that some Newcastle fans would be more than happy if Coady signed. However, it appears the club is looking at other defensive options in January.

Unless the Toon Army come with an offer that Wolves can’t refuse, it’s likely Coady won’t make his way to Tyneside. He fits the bill for what Newcastle need but other options are more likely to arrive at St James’ Park.

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