Newcastle United have run the rule over Ipswich defender Aaron Cresswell as doubts continue to build about the future of Davide Santon.
United have watched the Tractor Boys’ last three matches and highly-rated Cresswell, who is also being tracked by Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Burnley, is understood to to be under scrutiny by the Magpies.
Newcastle have Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett and Santon who can all play in Cresswell’s position, but there are doubts about the future of Santon, who is attracting the interest of several Serie A clubs.
And they have been sourcing potential replacements for the Italy international, who is understood to be pressing for a contract extension in the wake of interest from Italy and Turkey.
United want to add more domestic talent to their squad and at 24, the Ipswich defender falls within the age range of players that they will again be looking at this summer. He also comes with a ringing endorsement from Tractor Boys manager Mick McCarthy, who hailed him as the “best left-back in the Championship”.
Everton were considering him as a potential replacement for Leighton Baines last summer and the player himself is keen to make the step up in the future. He has said: “My career ambition is to play at the highest level and if I can do that, then I will be very happy.” As United look to the future they will have to attempt to shore up their top ten place without the injured Santon, who will not play again this season.
Newcastle’s players were off today but will return to training tomorrow in a bid to reverse their horrendous run of results. Hatem Ben Arfa posted a picture on his new Instagram account which indicated he was back in the country and available for the Arsenal game but even if he is involved, there will need to be improvements from all concerned.
Fabricio Coloccini admitted as much when he suggested that the team needed to rediscover its sense of “unity” if they were going to prosper in North London on Monday against a team pushing for the top four. The determined United skipper said: “We are trying to win every game but our current form is not good enough. The fans are angry – we have to accept that. When you are not playing well, this is what happens. Recently we’ve been missing some players through injury like Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.
“It will be good to have them back once they are fit, they are top players. But if you are playing badly then it doesn’t matter who is in your team.”