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12th Apr, 2017 | 12:31pm

Betting update: Newcastle tipped to sign PL defender as they close in on promotion

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle are in the running to sign Hull left-back Andrew Robertson this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

Bet Victor have placed odds of 6/1 on the north east giants signing Robertson as they sit in second place in the Championship and aim for an instant return to the Premier League.

Top-flight giants Liverpool are however the favourites to win the Scotland international’s signature with odds of 2/1.

Meanwhile, Burnley at 4/1 and West Ham with 5/1 are also ahead of Newcastle in the bookmakers’ odds.

However, Rafa Benitez’ men do place in front of Arsenal at 8/1 and Premier League duo Tottenham and Everton who both boast odds of 12/1 respectively.

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Robertson, 23, is one of the few stars in the Hull team after signing from Dundee United for just £2.85million in the summer of 2014.

He has since played in 109 encounters for the Tigers, returning five goals and 10 assists and he is continuing to shine for Marco Silva’s team this season with 27 Premier League appearances to his name.

Newcastle are currently playing with academy graduate Paul Dummett as their first choice left-back, but they may look for an alternative and Robertson who will enter the final year of his contract this summer could be ideal.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcastle are all but guaranteed to win promotion to the Premier League this season as they sit 10 points clear of third with just five matches of the season left. Now, it is clear by looking at the Magpies’ team that they are in desperate need of some proven top-flight quality in their side. It can be argued that at the moment only Jonjo Shelvey has history of being a starting name for a Premier League side in the past, but Robertson can certainly bring that to the team and at his age he will only get better. The young defender should be a must purchase for the Toon this summer and it is almost certain that he will pay the club back in his performances in the future.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have made this £10million-rated Ligue 1 speed machine their top transfer priority.

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