Newcastle United are on the verge of signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, according to Goal.com.
Unhappy at Atletico
The 25-year-old Belgian joined the Spanish champions last summer, but has fallen down the pecking order, having only made 10 starts in La Liga. The central defender has been asked to play the role of a full-back by his coach Diego Simeone, and thus is unhappy and willing to move elsewhere.
A move to Newcastle will help Alderweireld reignite his form and give him a chance to flourish in his natural position of centre-back, where he spent four years as a key player for Ajax before joining his current club.
Previously, Arsenal and Southampton have been strongly linked with the defender, however it is now believed that he has been lured away to Newcastle, with former Ajax team-mates Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita playing a major part in the decision.
The deal will be a loan move, with Newcastle getting the option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
Alderweireld's immediate arrival will see the future of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa hang in the balance, as he will likely prefer to move away so that he is guaranteed game-time. Italian club Roma has shown a strong interest in the Magpies defender as they look to adequately replace the departed Mehdi Benatia.