Newcastle United target £15m Dan Ashworth signing in cut-price Premier League deal

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Newcastle United are said to be considering an alternative option to Kieran Tierney as they look to strengthen their defensive options this summer.

Newcastle United are reportedly considering a move for Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella as they look to strengthen their defensive options this summer.

The once-capped Spain international already has a known admirer within the Magpies hierarchy after United technical director played an integral role in luring the then-Getafe defender to the Premier League during his time at Brighton and Hove Albion.

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After being impressed with his energy and consistency with the La Liga club, Ashworth was believed to be instrumental is securing a £15.4m move to take Cucurella to the Amex Stadium. However, the Spaniard would only remain on the south coast for one season after his form for the Seagulls earned him a surprise £55m move to Chelsea as he followed former Brighton manager Graham Potter to Stamford Bridge.

Cucurella has endured a difficult time in West London but still made 26 in all competitions as the Blues put in an underwhelming season under Potter and his successor Frank Lampard. The 24-year-old will hope to improve under the watch of new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino - but the Mirror have now suggested he could be allowed to leave the club this summer if a suitable offer is received.

The report has stated Newcastle have ‘added Cucurella to their list of summer transfer targets’ and believe Chelsea would accept a significantly lower fee than the one they paid for the Spaniard last summer. A £30m deal has been suggested as the Magpies consider an alternative option to their preferred transfer target at left-back, Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.

Newcastle are also believed to have watched the likes of Internazionale defender Federico Dimarco, Bayer Leverkusen’s Mitchel Bakker and Monza full-back Carlos Augusto as they look to strenghten Eddie Howe’s squad ahead of their return to the Champions League during the upcoming season.

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