Newcastle United, Arsenal and Tottenham told £26m will seal January deal for defender

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Newcastle are reportedly keen to add to their defensive ranks in January - and they now know what they will need to do to land one target.

Serie A club Genoa have reportedly set their demands for Newcastle United transfer target Radu Dragusin.

The 12-times capped Romanian international is said to be on the radar of several clubs across Europe after he produced a string of eye-catching performances for the Luigi Ferraris Stadium outfit. After initially moving to Italy to be part of the youth setup at Juventus, Dragusin spent time on loan at Sampdoria and Salernitana before a third temporary stint at Genoa was converted into a permanent switch earlier this year.

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After helping his new club to promotion last year, Dragusin has made 15 appearances in all competitions so far this season as Genoa hover above the relegation zone. With talk of a move to the Premier League gathering pace, the defender's agent recently confirmed he had carried out 'conversations' with three different clubs.

He said: "I have been in London for some time and have almost weekly meetings with important teams. We are getting closer. I spoke with Newcastle, with Arsenal, with Tottenham. I also have messages with them, conversations. There are teams that ask (about Dragusin)."

Italian news outlet CalcioMercato have now reported Dragusin is 'likely to be one of the great protagonists' during the January transfer market and have given some indication of how Genoa view the future of their prize asset.

The report suggests the Rossoblu view the defender as fundamental to their future plans and will not make it easy for any willing suitor to persuade them into a sale. In line with comments from Dragusin's agent, Newcastle, Arsenal and Spurs are once again named as interested parties from the Premier League and AC Milan are believed to be willing to hand the centre-back a chance to remain in Serie A as they cope with a defensive injury crisis.

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Crucially, the report also reveals Genoa will demand around £26m before they even consider allowing Dragusin to depart during the January transfer window - but hope to hang on to their star and make the most of a race for his services during the summer.

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