At the start of May, Sky Sports in Germany reported that Newcastle had approached Luca Caldirola with a view to a summer move to Tyneside.

The player is out of contract at the end of June and won’t carry a fee, the 26 year old also potentially appealing because of his versatility, able to play left-back as well as his main role of centre-back.

Luca Cardirola has had a nightmare final season at Werder Bremen, out with ligament damage for most of the season he was back training earlier this year and made a couple of reserve team appearances before breaking back into the first team with five Bundesliga starts.

Only for that to be brought to an abrupt halt when he broke a bone in his foot and he saw the final month of the season out in the treatment room.

Now over in Italy on Wednesday morning, leading football journalist Gianluca di Marzio has said that his information is that Newcastle still want to sign the defender but that Huddersfield have also registered an interest.

Luca Caldirola has turned down a new deal at Werder Bremen and that while Bologna want to take him back to Italy, de Marzio says that the player wants to continue playing away from Serie A.

Rafa Benitez actually had Caldirola at Inter Milan during the Manager’s short spell at the club, Rafa arriving in June 2010 and loaning out the then 19 year old player to Vitesse Arnhem for the season – Rafa Benitez sacked in the December and so long gone by the time the defender returned.

With Newcastle needing squad strengthening in just about every positioning, a versatile 26 year old who is out of contract could tick a few boxes if Rafa thinks Luca Caldirola could hack it in England.

After starting his career at Inter Milan and becoming an Under 21 regular for Italy, Caldirola found himself out on loan at Brescia in the Italian second tier and then also playing in Serie B with Cesena.

His big move came when Werder Bremen paid £2m to take him to Germany in summer 2013 and he played 33 times in the league during his first season.

However, injuries and at times indifferent form have meant opportunities were more limited and after only five starts the following season in the league (on the bench unused 17 times), he went out on loan last (2015/16) season to Darmstadt.

Luca Cardirola was back to form and played every single minute of their league season, helping the minnows to retain their Bundesliga status by two points (this season Darmstadt finished rock bottom and were relegated).

Maybe one of the more interesting rumours so far for Newcastle, especially when he is a player who has proved capable in the Bundesliga and wouldn’t carry a transfer fee.