News this morning that Newcastle United are looking at a January move for Tom Lees.

The centre-back moved from Leeds United to Sheffield Wednesday in summer 2014 for £350,000 but has made rapid progress and is one of the top rated defenders in the Championship.

Newcastle’s media partner The Mirror say that Villa, Sunderland and Norwich are also credited with interest but that Steve McClaren wants the now £7m rated former England Under 21 international to help bolster his defensive options.

Both Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson see their contracts end in summer 2016 and it would be even more of a surprise than the Coloccini one, if either/both were offered new deals.

Tom Lees gave Steve McClaren a perfect illustration of what he can do, the centre-half having the distinction of being the only one of Sheffield Wednesday’s team who wasn’t rested when they visited St James Park this season.

Carlos Carvalhal kept Lees in his team to try and hold the second choice defence/team together and he was one of their star performers in that 1-0 win.

The Wednesday manager is reported to be desperate to keep his star defender but the 24 year old Tom Lees looks sure to move if Newcastle, or one of their rivals, comes up with the right money.

Many of the top performing centre-backs in the Premier League have came up from the lower leagues, with the likes of Jagielka, Jones and Smalling just a few who have successfully made the transition.