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Newcastle have been told target Mitchel Bakker would be a great signing as he is ‘made for English football’.
The Magpies have made two signings this transfer window but are understood to be keen to bring in more defenders as Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his backline ahead of the January 31 deadline.
At 21, left-back Bakker is in the early years of his career but has a good level of experience for his age.
Having passed through the famous Ajax academy, the Dutchman joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019.
A lack of playing time in Paris led him to join Bayer Leverkusen last summer, but the Premier League is the perfect place for Bakker to really take his game to the next level, believes the Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.
On Bakker’s links with Newcastle, Van der Krann told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “I think it’s very possible.
“He’s the kind of player who is made for English football. It has rhythm and flair. Players like Kieran Trippier, he’s very similar.
“He is not afraid of big crowds or pressure. I think he would do well and if there is a chance for the club to sign him, I think he would be a very good asset.
Another Dutch star linked with a Premier League move is PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly interested.
The 22-year-old recently signed a new deal with his club, suggesting a January move is unlikely, but talkSPORT has been told his agent has been in contact with a number of ‘big five English clubs’ in January.
But Gakpo has been advised not to rush a move to England and watch how the careers of Donny van de Beek and Memphis Depay have taken after sealing their big Premier League moves with Manchester United.
On Gakpo, Van der Kraan added: “He is probably one of the most promising players in Dutch football.
“Noni Madueke who plays on the other wing of PSV, the London born winger, both have been very impressive. Those are the strengths of this team.
“They are the ones who create everything in this team and why PSV were top of the league until last week, but they are still fighting for the championship.
“Cody is a great player but I agree with Marco van Basten who campaigned against young players leaving so early.
“He’s great in Holland and the Eredivisie, and if you don’t know different settings in other leagues, you’d think this guy could play for Man United, Man City, Liverpool – any club that looked at him.
“They sent their scouts to Holland and watched all the videos of him. His agent is in contact with very big clubs in this Premier League top five, he went to visit them last week.
“But Davy Klaassen and so many other players, Memphis Depay, when they left the Eredivisie early, they can’t do it. English football is another milestone.
“I would advise Cody not to rush to the big clubs – make sure you play every week.
“He only has to look at Donny van de Beek to see what could happen to him.”
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Newcastle target Dutch defender ‘made for the Premier League’, while Liverpool and Arsenal-linked star urged to stay at PSV and learn from Donny van de Beek’s nightmare at Manchester United
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