Newcastle United are one of five clubs reported to have made an offer to Ron Vlaar.

The Aston Villa centre-back and captain has allowed his contract to run down and is available for no transfer fee, so of course any offers simply relate to what he is going to get rather than Villa.

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It is The Mail who are claiming that five clubs have put the offers on the table, with the indication being that Newcastle are one of a number of Premier League clubs to do so, with Southampton and Sunderland also credited with interest.

The reasons are numerous as to why under Mike Ashley Newcastle United won’t make this transfer happen but a signing like Ron Vlaar is exactly what Newcastle need at this moment in time.

Yes he may demand big wages, yes he won’t have any resale value and yes he might want a longer contract than you’d ideally like to give, but that’s reality.

What you would be getting for the investment would be a Premier League ready defender, a no nonsense centre-back that United have missed for what seems forever, a captain, plus somebody who can organise the defence as a unit.

Also, at the age of 30 a central defender is pretty much at the peak of his abilities.

Bringing in a young centre-back from abroad with no Premier League experience could be another recipe for disaster, on this one Mike Ashley just has to bite the bullet and bring in proven quality/experience.

If they try and fail then fair enough, just move on to the next one, but not to try at all just doesn’t make sense.