'Coming' - £26m Newcastle United & Arsenal transfer target set to agree deal after agent confirms interest

Newcastle United transfers: Target Radu Dragusin is set to sign a new deal at Genoa.

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Newcastle United transfer target Radu Dragusin is reportedly set to sign a new long-term deal at Genoa.

Newcastle have recently sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old centre-back in Serie A. The Romanian has also attracted interest from Arsenal.

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But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Dragusin is set to sign a new long-term deal at Genoa, along with teammate Albert Gudmunsson.

The Magpies are looking at central defensive reinforcements given the club's ageing back-line and current injury situation with Sven Botman ruled out for an extended period.

And Dragusin's agent Florin Manea has confirmed Newcastle's interest in the player, though with a new contract imminent, they may have to wait until next summer to push for a move.

Last month, Manea said: "Genoa don’t want to give him now, but in the summer yes. If they get the price they want, you realise it’s a lot of money. Genoa want €30m [£26.21million], they said directly.

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“I don’t think there is anyone in Italy who would give this amount of €30m. I talked about the Premier League area, I talked about Newcastle, but they are not the only ones, there are several teams I am talking to.”

“The director [Dan Ashworth] with whom I made [a deal for Gabriel] Tamaș at West Brom is now at Newcastle. We have known each other since 2009. They are also watching him, but also other big clubs in England.

“There’s no official offer yet, but it’s coming. It will be a pleasant surprise when it arrives.”