Newcastle United and Crystal Palace chase Tunisian international Hamdi Nagguez

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St. James Park on January 13, 2018 in...

Hamdi Nagguez could follow international teammate Ali Maaloul to England with Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Swansea City, QPR and Middlesbrough all keen.

Tunisia's defender Hamdi Nagguez controls the ball during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Tunisia and Senegal in Franceville on January 15, 2017.

A number of sides in the Premier League and Championship are eyeing a deal to sign Tunisian international Hamdi Nagguez before the end of the January transfer window, HITC sources close to the situation understand.

The four-capped right-back was expected to leave Etoile du Sahel for Egyptian giants Zamalek this month, but it is our understanding that a deal has not yet been completed with a clubs in England suddenly expressing an interest.

QPR, Bristol City and Middlesbrough are all keen to hand Nagguez a chance in the Championship. And the 25-year-old also has suitors from the Premier League in the shape of Newcastle United, Swansea City and Crystal Palace.

Tunisia's defender Hamdi Nagguez (L) challenges Burkina Faso's midfielder Prejuce Nakoulma during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Burkina Faso and...

Nagguez is one of the most highly-rated footballers currently playing in Northern Africa and recently helped Tunisia qualify for the World Cup. And it seems that suitors are hoping to sign the versatile defender, who can also play at centre-back, now before he has the chance to showcase his qualities on a much larger stage in Russia.

Newcastle seem in need of enhancing their defensive options, with the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend leaving Rafa Benitez’s side on the brink of the bottom three. Owner Mike Ashley seems reluctant to invest in new players but Nagguez would not take a huge chunk out of the Magpies’ January budget.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Swansea have been in the market for a right-back for some time with Ryan Fredericks, Andy Yiadom and Daniel Opare all linked this month.

Palace, meanwhile, need to strengthen an injury-hit backline. And, interestingly, The Sun (19th January, page 59) stated that they were also tracking Nagguez’s Tunisian international teammate Ali Maaloul, a goalscoring left-back from Al Ahly.

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