Newcastle target one-time Man United trialist Boilesen in 5m deal from Ajax
21:30 GMT, 7 May 2012
Newcastle are lining up a move for exciting Ajax left back Nicolai Boilesen who was wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea when he was 17.
The Denmark defender had a spell training with United, while with Danish side Brondby, and spent a week with Newcastle. But instead he chose Ajax, where his development into one of the most promising full backs in Europe was hampered after he tore his right hamstring in September, putting him out for five months.
On the radar: Ajax defender Nicolai Boilesen is wanted by Newcastle
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew went to watch Ajax play De Graafschap last month but prior to the game Boilesen, 20, was ruled out for the rest of the season after a relapse.
The injury could work in Newcastle’s favour though as a 5m offer may now be accepted, once he recovers.