PSV Eindhoven defender Denzel Dumfries has admitted he would be open to sealing a move to the Premier League, following links to Newcastle United.
The Netherlands international is the captain of his current side and there has been talk of an extension for him.
But in his words, signing a new deal wouldn’t necessarily mean anything.
He told Voetbal International: “We are in talks and the intention, as it stands, is to extend my contract. But a contract extension does not automatically mean that I will stay here longer.
“I do feel that, as a footballer and as a person, I am ready to take the next step abroad.
“The Premier League and the Bundesliga, they suit my game. I can see the headlines again, but I think I can say this and I think everyone can see that I am ready to move on.”
The comments come after the Chronicle had reported interest on the part of Newcastle back in November – supposedly, the club have been monitoring him for months.
The 24-year-old has also previously been linked with Arsenal.
Whether PSV would be willing to entertain any transfer interest in Dumfries this month remains to be seen – the club are currently third in the Eredivise table, just one point behind leaders Ajax, so they clearly have a lot to play for.
Dumfries would reinvigorate right-back position
So it seems Dumfries may have issued a come-and-get-me plea.
Realistically Newcastle need to strengthen at right-back, with Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo having failed to impress and DeAndre Yedlin’s contract expiring in the summer.
Dumfries would bring a bit more solidity to the right side of Newcastle’s defence, and perhaps leadership to a dressing room that really needs it right now.