NEWCASTLE have reportedly opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
The 29-year-old stopper spent last season on loan at West Ham and reports suggest he is now looking for a permanent move.
RMC Sport now claim Newcastle have entered the battle to sign him.
However, a deal may prove difficult as West Ham appear in pole position to sign Areola as they have the option to buy him for a rumoured £11million.
The Frenchman is also in the process of negotiating with David Moyes' side with West Ham wanting to accelerate talks now the player is back from international duty.
The ex-Real Madrid and Fulham man won the World Cup with France back in 2018 and remains his country's third choice stopper.
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Areola featured regularly in West Ham's Europa League campaign as they reached the semi-final and he made 18 starts for the side in all competitions .
But with Newcastle's increased financial power following the purchase of the club by new owners, they could be able to offer the player and PSG more money.
The Magpies are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer to increase competition for the No.1 jersey alongside Martin Dubravka.
A SunSport exclusive reported that Newcastle could offload Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow in this transfer window increasing the need to add more goalkeepers.
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Rumours have linked the Toon with Manchester United's Dean Henderson and soon to be free agent Sam Johnstone.
Further up the field, Newcastle are reportedly in for a number of top quality players such as Sven Botman and Lorenzo Pellegrini.
As for PSG, they are set for a clear out in the shot stopping department as Keylor Navas, Sergio Rico and Marcin Bulka could all leave.
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