Newcastle offered long-term Man Utd transfer target Umtiti after Howe priority

Newcastle have been offered a chance to sign Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona, who are desperate to offload the centre-back.

Manchester United had been interested in the Frenchman previously while Eddie Howe is keen on bolstering his defence.

The Magpies have already strengthened their squad with the signing of Kieran Trippier.

The former Tottenham star has joined from Atletico Madrid for a relatively-modest fee of £12million while lists of players have been linked with a move to St James Park.

Some include Sven Botman, Aaron Ramsey and Jesse Lingard as the new Saudi owners look to splash the cash at the club.

Umtiti is also on Newcastle's wish list while Barcelona have made the Frenchman available for departure.

The Blaugrana are keen to move on their fringe players with Philippe Coutinho joining Aston Villa in a shock loan deal earlier today.

As well as multiple other exits, Barca are working on finding a club to sign Umtiti and Newcastle are their best hope, report Sport.

The Toon are desperate to boost their backline and the former Lyon star could be one solution to Howe's biggest problem.

Newcastle might find that United could revitalise their interest in the defender, who was on their radar under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Clubs have been interested in Umtiti due to his physical attributes and the fact he is left-footed – a somewhat rare commodity in top-level centre-backs.

However, his injury troubles have held him back at Barcelona and a transfer away failed to materialise over the years.

That is despite largely being ostracised by a series of managers, with Xavi the latest that includes Ronald Koeman, Quique Setien and Ernesto Valverde.

The France international is on over £200,000-a-week at the club and Barcelona have already spent what little money they have in Ferran Torres.

The forward joined from Manchester City in a £55m deal while Xavi is keen on further deals in January.

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