Last Updated: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:19
Newcastle are reported to have joined the race to sign Ajax centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who is available for £5million.
Premier League rivals Everton and Norwich have been tracking the player all summer, while Spartak Moscow have made a big-money bid to take him to Russia.
However Newcastle are now believed to be in the running as boss Alan Pardew hopes for a flurry of activity before the transfer window closes, following a summer of frustration.
Director of Football Joe Kinnear has only managed to bring in Loic Remy on loan so far this summer, to leave Newcastle short of strength in depth going into this weekend's Premier League opener.
Signing new strikers has been the club's priority this summer but central defence is an area that also needs strengthening and the Belgium international appears to be a target.
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