Last Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:36
Newcastle have reportedly joined Norwich City in the race to sign FC Twente's Dutch international midfielder Leroy Fer.
Everton were favourites to sign him in a possible £8.6million deal for the 23-year-old but they seemed to go cold on the idea with new boss Roberto Martinez less enthusiastic to push the transfer through than his predecessor David Moyes.
Concerns which have emerged over Fer's long-standing knee condition has not helped the player secure the move to the Premier League which he is desperate for.
However Newcastle, who have also held an interest in Fer for a while and have taken gambles on players with less than perfect medical reports in the past, such as Demba Ba and Davide Santon, could now re-enter the running.
They could also be boosted by the fact Twente are now set to reduce their asking price below £8.6m because his contract is about to enter its final year, although the club do hold an option for a further season.
If Newcastle are interested then they could face big competition from Premier League rivals Norwich, who expressed an interest in signing Fer during the January transfer window.
The Magpies will look to goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Vurnon Anita to try and persuade their fellow compatriot Fer to move to St James' Park, while the Canaries have new Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel arriving at Carrow Road from Sporting Lisbon to tempt him.
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