By Will Butcher

Newcastle are in a four-team tussle to sign Manchester United defender Paddy McNair, according to a reliable journalist.

McNair is said to be high on Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez’s shortlist as the Spaniard looks to continue his St James’ Park revolution.

Sky Sports chief reporter and transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 21-year-old United man is also interesting Premier League sides Sunderland, Burnley and Middlesbrough.

McNair played an important part for his country this summer, featuring in two of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 matches as they progressed from the group stages to the round of 16.

The Daily Star claim that the versatile defender has been told he can leave Old Trafford this summer, but Benitez will have to move quickly if he is to beat the competition to McNair’s signature.

It is said that McNair has been told by United he will be sent out on loan in the upcoming season to give him regular first-team action.

McNair has demonstrated his versatility by excelling in a defensive midfield role for his country, while he has also played at right-back and centre-back for his club.

Newcastle have signed eight players in this summer’s window but only one of them, right-back Jesus Gamez, is a defender, although the versatile Isaac Hayden can slot in at centre-back in addition to his new midfield enforcer position.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez used these three words to describe Friday night’s loss to Fulham.