Newcastle United are interested in Hull City defender James Chester, according to a report in the Daily Star.
Newcastle are on the hunt for defensive additions and they feel that Chester could be a good option for the club.
The Magpies currently have just four senior centre-backs on their books and they need to add depth to that area, with their problems being exposed this season during a difficult Premier League campaign.
Newcastle have never settled upon a consistent centre-back pairing this term, but they feel Chester could become a first-team regular.
The former Manchester United has been a virtual mainstay for Hull this season and their relegation out of the top-flight and back into the Championship has led to Newcastle believing that he could be available on a cut-price deal.
It means that Chester could become the first of a number of changes that Newcastle make this summer.
The North East outfit are determined to renovate their squad and they are likely to bring in a number of additions over the coming months.