Newcastle United ‘willing’ to pay £15m and beat Leeds United to left-back ‘target’

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The Magpies are said to be considering a move for one of La Liga’s most consistent full-backs.

Newcastle United are reportedly considering a move for Celta Vigo defender Javi Galan during the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old has produced a series of impressive performances in his first season at the Balaidos, despite his side struggling in the bottom four of La Liga. A goalless draw at Rayo Vellecano left Celta sat just one point and one place outside of the relegation zone after winning just three of their 14 games so far this season.

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Galan has attracted interest from a number of clubs in Spain and around Europe, with Barcelona said to be monitoring his progress as they look for a long-term replacement Jordi Alba as he moves into the final 18 months of his deal after a trophy-laden decade with the Catalan giants. However, Spanish outlet Futbol Total have now claimed Newcastle are looking to hand the left-back an opportunity to move to the Premier League as they look to continue the momentum they have built up during an impressive start to the season.

The report has suggested the Magpies are ‘willing to offer an amount close to his termination clause’, which is believed to be set at around £15m. However, one stumbling block is said to be the fact Galan still has four years remaining on the contract he signed when he joined Celta from Huesca following their relegation last season.

Chelsea, Leeds United and Fulham have also been linked with a move for Galan in recent months. Speaking about interest from the latter, the player’s agent said: “Several teams (are keen on Galan). Javi has a valid contract until 2026. He is very comfortable at Celta. But we will assess his departure if an offer suits the player and the club.”

Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in the defender.

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