Jamie Carragher has already told Newcastle why they should sign 'automatic pick'


Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-half Max Kilman, with the 27-year-old set to be a man in demand this summer.

A report from The Telegraph on Saturday suggested the Magpies have made a cash plus player offer, which included midfielder Elliot Anderson going to Molineux, which was rejected by Wolves.

West Ham United have also reportedly seen a £25million bid rejected by Wolves this summer, while Napoli saw a £30million bid turned down last summer, too.

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Wolves are under no pressure to sell players, though, and Newcastle will have to come back in with a more acceptable offer if they are to land the former Maidenhead United defender.

Chronicle Live understands Anderson has 'no desire' to leave the club this summer and should the Magpies return with a straight cash offer, it is believed Wolves value their captain closer to the £40million mark.

Kilman was an ever-present for Wolves last season and has been on the fringes of the England squad. Always being available may not be the most eye-catching quality but it is a valuable commodity, particularly given Newcastle's well documented injury struggles last season. That quality, as well as the fact he is 'no frills', have left Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher mightily impressed with Kilman.

“Max Kilman at the back for Wolves, [has been] an ever-present for Wolves all season,” Carragher said while covering a Wolves game for Sky Sports.

“He’s no-frills at centre back, he just gets on with his job and very rarely makes mistakes, hence why he’s an automatic pick no matter who the manager is.”

Newcastle are known to be in the market for centre-halves this summer. They have already secured the signing of Lloyd Kelly on a free transfer and were linked with a move for Tosin Adarabioyo before he opted to join Chelsea instead.

Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles are set to miss a large portion of the opening months of the season with knee injuries and the Magpies need further competition for Fabian Schar and Kelly.

Dan Burn and Emil Krafth can be used as centre-halves but Howe has preferred to use both players as full-backs during his two-and-a-half years in charge at St James' Park.