An interesting development has seen Newcastle United linked with a move for Aden Flint.
After years of looking for young foreign defenders who will hopefully increase in value, a move for the Bristol City centre-back would certainly buck that trend.
Aden Flint (Alfreton, Swindon then Bristol City) turns 27 on Monday (11 July) and just like Dwight Gayle, has come right through from non-league to establish himself in the Championship.
The Shields Gazette report that their information is that after Jesus Gamez becomes Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer, Flint is being considered by Rafa Benitez as his fifth purchase.
Alan Pardew said back in summer 2012 that he was going to bring in a dominant tall centre-back who could also score goals but instead he was eventually handed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, a defender who Pardew saw in the same mould as Fabricio Coloccini and so refused to play them together.
However, standing at over 6ft 5, Aden Flint certainly fits that bill and with 20 goals in his last 90 league starts for Bristol City over the last two seasons, that could potentially transform a dire return in goals from Newcastle’s defence.
Maybe difficult to see this as a long-term answer to Newcastle’s centre-back position but he certainly looks like somebody who could do a job this coming season and with three centre-backs leaving in the past six months, it looks nailed on that Rafa will bring in at least one, possibly two, in the coming days/weeks.