Sunderland tried to sign Newcastle transfer target Lucas Orban in 2013

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Lucas Orban has been linked to Newcastle.

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Valencia defender Lucas Orban.

The Mail report the club are in talks with the Spanish side over a potential loan for the Argentine left-back.

He has been at Valencia since 2014, but has not featured much under new boss Gary Neville, playing three times under the former Premier League ace.

Orban was actually a player wanted by Newcastle's rivals Sunderland, who made attempts to sign him in 2013.

The Chronicle reported at the time the Black Cats were making efforts to sign Orban from Mexican side Tigre, with the player believed to be keen on a switch to the Premier League.

A later report in The Chronicle claimed he was Paolo Di Canio's first choice target at left-back, although they lost patience with the negotiations.

Sunderland ended up signing Marcos Alonso on loan from Fiorentina, who made 16 Premier League appearances for them, while Orban ended up moving to Bordeaux, before switching to Valencia a year later.

Now the 26-year-old may finally be set for the North East, and could end up showing Sunderland what they missed out on with their bitter rivals Newcastle.

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