Man Utd outcast Eric Bailly 'offered to Newcastle' as Eddie Howe's Magpies weigh up transfer move | The Sun

NEWCASTLE are interested in signing Manchester United star Eric Bailly, according to reports.

Eddie Howe is reportedly eyeing the centre-back as an alternative to his number one target Sven Botman.

The Lille defender is waiting to see if there will be an approach from Milan having already rejected Toon in March.

So Newcastle are preparing a move for Bailly who could be available on a cut-price deal, report The Mirror.

The Red Devils are looking for £20million for the Ivorian but are believed to be willing to accept a bid of just £8.5m.

Marseille and Lyon are also said to be interested in Bailly with Erik ten Hag prepared to let him leave.

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The Dutchman is keen to improve his defensive options with Jurrien Timber at the top of his shortlist.

But the versatile defender is set to stay at Ajax due to concerns over playing time if he moved to Old Trafford.

United have also been linked with a move for Inter centre-back Aaron Bastoni.

Tottenham also want the Italian but he is reluctant to move to north London.

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Bailly still has two years left on his contract but is said to be disgruntled with his position in the United squad – having criticised Harry Maguire's role as captain.

He signed a three-year deal last year when his contract was set to expire – a decision the club reportedly regret.

That means he could be off with Axel Tuanzebe and Aaron Wan-Bissaka possibly following him out of the club.

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