Newcastle United transfer news: Battle for Premier League defender hots up as Rafa Benitez gets off to winning start

Newcastle United face competition from Championship side Blackburn Rovers should they make a move for Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann.
Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.
Former Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez.

Managerless Newcastle – yet to make a summer signing – have been credited with an interest in the £6million-rated centre back this summer and there are now fresh reports that Rovers are tracking him too.

The 32-year-old defender is expected to leave Selhurst Park this summer.

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Newcastle are unlikely to press ahead with new signings until a new manager is in place.

Meanwhile, former boss Rafa Benitez got off to the perfect start at his new club.

Just over a week after leaving Tyneside, Benitez oversaw a winning start to life as manager at Dalian Yifang.

His new side beat Henan Jianye 3-1 in the Chinese Super League.

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The hunt is ongoing to find Benitez’s replacement with the summer transfer window closing in just over four weeks with the new Premier League season also rapidly approaching.