According to Bild journalist Christian Falk in CaughtOffside, Leeds United central defender Robin Koch could leave for Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
The journalist has reported that Newcastle are interested in signing Koch from Premier League rivals Leeds.
The 26-year-old defender is reportedly aware that for him to play for Germany on a regular basis, he needs to feature for a club that have European football.
Leeds could get relegated from the Premier League to the Championship at the end of the season.
Newcastle are aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this campaign.
Leeds United defender Robin Koch linked with Newcastle United
Falk wrote: “Robin Koch has a problem. The German national team coach, Hansi Flick, did not take him to the World Cup. He knows that he can build his international profile by joining a club that plays in Europe.
“Newcastle are interested, and if the club secures some European football next term that would hugely encourage Koch to consider a transfer to Eddie Howe’s outfit.
“Being a part of the national side is incredibly important to him. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that playing in the Bundesliga, too, would grant him more attention in Germany. Therefore, a summer transfer shouldn’t be considered unlikely.”
Could a summer transfer happen?
In our view, Newcastle United could be able to sign Robin Koch from Leeds United in the summer transfer window.
Even if Leeds stay up, the West Yorkshire club would find it hard to keep the defender if Newcastle make a big offer.
The Magpies are going places, and we can understand why the Koch would be tempted by a move to St. James’ Park.
And we believe that there is absolutely no chance that Leeds will be able to keep the 26-year-old, who can also operate as a defensive midfielder and was described as “an incredible player” by then Whites manager Jesse Marsch in Leeds Live in September 2022, if they end up in the Championship.