Out of nowhere, Newcastle United might be signing Jetro Willems.

The Chronicle first broke the news, reporting that the Magpies were closing in on a deal for the Dutch defender on the same day that Allan Saint-Maximin is in town for a medical.

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And the Shields Gazette have provided more details on the surprise move for Willems. They report that it will be a loan deal for the 25-year-old, with an option to buy. Personal terms are apparently agreed, with a loan fee the only thing left to finalise.

While some fans might not like the idea of us dipping into the loan market once again, this time it makes sense.

Willems has had injury problems in the past. During his time with PSV Eindhoven, the left-back had a few lengthy layoffs, with multiple knee issues forcing him to miss big chunks of action.

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Fortunately, it seems as though those worries are now behind him. He joined Frankfurt in 2017, making 65 appearances across two seasons with the German club.

But Newcastle are right to be cautious. The try before you buy approach is the right one for this deal. Willems will come in to add competition on the left side of defence, but by no means is a guaranteed starter.

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If he performs well and settles into life at St James’ Park, then a permanent deal will likely come his way. But if not, we’ve got a way out.

Lee Charnley has got a lot wrong in his time with Newcastle, but this looks like something he’s got spot on. I feel sick just saying that…

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