MX23RW : Tuesday, February 19 23:53:43

Newcastle United target Thomas Vermaelen?

Newcastle United are reportedly weighing up a move to sign Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen on loan in January.

Newcastle United have targeted a loan move for Thomas Vermaelen in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.

The Magpies' director of football, Joe Kinnear, is reported to have watched the central defender twice in the last month as the club weigh up a move.

Vermaelen has struggled to regain a first-team place since recovering from a long-term back injury, making only one Premier League appearance so far this season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would be reluctant to let his club captain leave on a permanent basis, but Newcastle believe that they can land the 27-year-old, who has one eye on next year's World Cup.

The Gunners would only have two recognised centre-backs in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny should Vermaelen leave on loan in January.


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2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
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12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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