Newcastle United could be set to make a move for Jesus Gamez, according to reports from Spain on Wednesday morning.

The Atletico Madrid defender is surplus to requirements with the 18m euros signing of Sime Vrsaljko.

The 31 year old Jesus Gamez spent his entire career at Malaga before being bought in by Atletico Madrid two years ago, mainly as cover for Juanfran, the first choice right-back.

Making 37 appearances in two seasons, Gamez has also filled in at left-back, but now Atletico are needing a clearout as they have 37 senior players and only 25 places to go around.

AS Sport in Spain say that they understand Rafa Benitez could recruit Jesus Gamez to be part of his promotion drive and that the player knows that he must move on now as there is no place in the Atletico squad anymore.

With Newcastle now having lost three defenders in the last six months, as Coloccini joins Williamson and Taylor in exiting St James Park, Newcastle are very thin on the ground in defence.

Many fans still expect Daryl Janmaat to leave, whilst left-back has been a problem for years, with neither Haidara or Dummett ever fully convincing fans that they are the answer.

AS Sport:

‘Jesus Gamez, after confirmation of the signing of Vrsaljko, knows that his future lies away from the Vicente Calderon.

And he could end up at Newcastle with Rafa Benitez, who next year will play in the second division of England.’