Newcastle reportedly interested in Duje Caleta-Car
Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Marseille centre-back Duje Caleta-Car, but face competition from West Ham United.
Calciomercato claims that the Magpies face competition from West Ham United to sign the Croatian international.
The 25-year-old has made eight appearances under Jorge Sampaoli for the French giants this season, who sit fourth in Ligue 1 and third in their Europa League group.
However, Caleta-Car didn’t feature in any of Les Phoceens’ first six games in all competitions, and it looked like he was out of favour under the former Chile manager.
But he has come back into the team and has been playing alongside Arsenal loanee William Saliba at the heart of Marseille’s defence.
The pair managed to stop a Paris Saint-Germain forward line of Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe from scoring against them, which is an impressive feat.
From his six Ligue 1 appearances, Caleta-Car has helped Marseille keep three clean sheets in those games.
But with his contract set to expire in June 2023, Marseille could be tempted to cash in on the Croatian, if they receive a lucrative tempting offer.
With 19 caps for Croatia under his belt, Caleta-Car signed for Marseille in 2018, after amassing 130 appearances for RB Salzburg.
After featuring in the Euros in the games against England and Spain alongside Domagoj Vida, in the absence of Dejan Lovren, Caleta-Car would bring with him some big match pedigree.
Would Caleta-Car make Newcastle better?
With Eddie Howe inheriting the league’s second worst defence, the January market is going to be pivotal in ensuring his team maintain their Premier League status.
Caleta-Car has played in a European Championship, the Champions League and Europa League, as well as playing for one of the biggest clubs in France.
At the age of 25, he has his best years ahead of him and Newcastle’s defence needs all the help they can get currently.
But with West Ham reportedly vying for his signature too, it will be interesting to see if a move for the Croat materialises in the new year.
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