Newcastle United transfer rumours: Rafa Benitez set to swoop for free agent full-back

Rafa Benitez is reportedly lining-up a swoop for a free agent full-back ahead of a busy summer at St James's Park.

By Mark Donnelly
Monday, 06 May, 2019, 15:57
Newcastle United have been linked with a swoop for Loris Benito

While the Spaniard's future at St James's Park remains unclear, that hasn't stopped the Magpies being linked with a host of players.

And the Sun claim that Newcastle are eyeing a deal for left-back Loris Benito ahead of the summer transfer window.

Newcastle sought cover at left-back in the January window, but were left frustrated in their quest to land a permanent signing - instead agreeing a loan deal for Antonio Barecca.

But with the Monaco man unlikely to see his stay made permanent, Benitez could look at alternative options come the summer.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle are one of several sides believed to be interested in Coventry City midfielder Tom Bayliss - alongside Middlesbrough and Leeds United.

The Sunday People claim that the trio are all eyeing a potential swoop for the 20-year-old after his impressive performances in League One this term.

Bayliss, a product of the Sky Blues' youth academy, has recently penned a new four-year deal at the Ricoh Arena - but that doesn't seem to be deterring potential suitors.

Brighton & Hove Albion are also claimed to be keen on a swoop for the all-action midfielder, who is believed to be valued at around the £500,000 mark.

While Coventry may have missed out on the play-offs this season, Bayliss has enjoyed another fine campaign - netting three times while featuring regularly.