West Brom young defender Nathan Ferguson is in demand, with Tottenham and Crystal Palace both vying for his signature, according to the Mail Online, but Newcastle must join the chase.
The Baggies are trying to get the player to sign a new five-year deal, but the report claims they are worried he may run his contract – which expires in the summer – down, and leave for a compensatory fee of around £300,000.
As a result, Albion may reluctantly be open to selling the England Under-20 player in January, rather than lose him for relative peanuts.
The versatile defender can play all across the defence, and would be a perfect addition to Newcastle’s ranks, given that most of his appearances have been at full-back – an area Newcastle have always struggled to find a long-term solution for.
Dwight Gayle could be an incentive for West Brom to do a deal
If Newcastle were to join the race for Ferguson, they could have an advantage over any other interested parties, in striker Dwight Gayle.
West Brom are reportedly hoping to finance a package for the Toon striker, and if Newcastle could use Gayle as a sweetener to a potential deal, Slaven Bilic may be inclined to do business.
If Newcastle express an interest in the talented youngster to the West Brom hierarchy, including him in a potential deal for Gayle would seem to be a no-brainer for the Midlands side, particularly if the player is adamant he will not stay at the Hawthorns.
Offering Ferguson in part-exchange, would significantly lower the fee Albion would need to pay for Gayle, and it could well be enough to see the striker head back to the club he had a very successful loan spell at, which would surely be seen as a win for all parties.