Newcastle United are considering making an offer to bring Richard Keogh to St James Park.

According to the Guardian, Steve McClaren is interested in reuniting with the centre-back who played under him at Derby County.

The Republic of Ireland international is valued at around £4m and the Guardian also credit West Brom and Sunderland with interest.

Richard Keogh has shown remarkable consistency and fitness in terms of his playing record over the last five years.

In two seasons at Coventry and then three at Derby after a £1m move, Keogh has never started less than 44 league games – his record showing 46, 45, 46, 44, 45.

Turning 29 in August he looks a bit old for a Mike Ashley signing but despite the problem of little or no resale value, playing at centre-back teh player should have a fair few years left in him yet.

More importantly is whether he is good enough, having never been tested in the Premier League.

What is for sure is that Newcastle are desperate for better players in the middle of defence, with fans seeing unbelievable quotes released by the club only today, with Mike Williamson saying:

“I know I can have a good, positive effect on the team. That’s what I have done since I arrived here and hopefully that’s what will happen this season, too.”

Words to send a shiver down any supporter’s spine.

Richard Keogh is the latest in a long line of players already linked with Newcastle and having played under Steve McClaren last season; Will Hughes for one, as well as players the Newcastle Head Coach brought in on loan at Derby – Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard.