Newcastle United transfer rumours: Rafa Benitez set to battle Everton for £5million defender

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Olympiakos defender Leonardo Koutris.

Newcastle United have been linked with a defensive swoop
Newcastle United have been linked with a defensive swoop

Reports from The People suggest that Rafa Benitez is lining-up a move for Koutris, who is expected to be in high demand once the summer transfer window opens.

The 23-year-old has impressed for the Greek giants and has featured heavily in their Europa League campaign this season.

Such form has attracted interest from a number of sides, with the report claiming that a number of Premier League sides have scouted the left-back in recent weeks.

It is believed that Olympiakos rejected a £5million bid from Italian side Genoa for Koutris in January, but could be convinced to sell come the summer.


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And reports suggest that Newcastle and Everton are both set to do battle for the full-back in the summer months.

Rafa Benitez may be keen to add a left-sided defender to his ranks in the summer, with Paul Dummett the only recognised left-back set to be contracted for next season.

The Spaniard signed left-back Antonio Barreca on loan during the January transfer window, but his stay is not expected to be made permanent after an underwhelming start to life at St James's Park.