Report: Newcastle scouting Raphael Guerreiro, want him in summer transfer window

Newcastle United are interested in Lorient defender Raphael Guerreiro.

Newcastle are keeping tabs on Raphael Guerreiro, the Northern Echo reports.

The Magpies are looking to improve their defence in the summer, with the left-back position one of explicit weakness.

Paul Dummett has featured there for much of the season, but in his absence Steve McClaren has had to use out-of-position players such as Jack Colback or Rolando Aarons.

It is clear that the Magpies need to sign a top class natural left-back, and Guerreiro has been catching the attentions of the Tyneside club’s scouting staff.

The 22-year-old Lorient left-back has been capped three times by Portugal, and is considered one of the best left-sided players in the French Ligue 1.

He started his career with Caen, moving to Lorient in 2013, and he has since played 100 times for the club.

Able to play as a left-back all the way up to a left-wing position, Guerreiro is known for his attacking strengths, and has managed 10 goals and eight assists in those 100 games.

He has a contract that runs until the summer of 2017, and Lorient will know that they run the risk of losing Guerreiro at the end of this season due to his great form.

Newcastle will be at the front of the queue to sign the defender, and he would be a fantastic long-term signing for the Magpies.

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