Newcastle United have made a move for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley, with the Italian side open to selling him this month.

That’s according to Primo Canale, who say the Magpies have reignited their interest in the 28-year-old defender.

Newcastle have the fourth-worst defensive record in the league this season, with 32 goals conceded… the same as bottom of the table Sheffield United.

Improving the defence is a major issue for manager Steve Bruce to improve and adding another centre back to his mix may be one way to do it.

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They’ve long been linked with Colley, who was first named as a potential target back in January last year and then again in the summer.

He never joined on either of those occasions, but it could be third time lucky, with Primo Canale stating that Newcastle have ‘come forward again’ for the player.

They explain that Fenerbahce are keen on the centre back after losing out on Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who has elected to join Olympiacos after leaving Arsenal.

However, Colley is also liked in England and Newcastle have made another move for him in ‘the last few hours’.  

The nature of this bid isn’t made clear, but it’s stated that Sampdoria are ‘not indifferent’ to a sale and would happily make money in a deal if they can.

Thus, Colley is the player that is likely to be ‘sacrificed’, suggesting Newcastle will have to pay for a permanent transfer if they want him.