By Derek Smithson

Newcastle are interested in signing Hull midfielder Sam Clucas, according to a report.

The Sun claim that manager Rafael Benitez wants to land the 26-year-old this summer and is stepping up work to secure his signature.

It is understood that the Englishman wants to leave Hull following their relegation to the Championship, but the Tigers are reluctant to sell until they bring in replacements.

The report details that Newcastle could tempt them with a £4million offer for the player.

Clucas is a versatile ace that can play as either a central midfielder or a left winger, something he switched between regularly for Hull last season.

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He was unable to help them avoid relegation from the top flight, but was a mainstay in their team and made 41 appearances across all competitions.

The midfielder was regarded as one of Hill’s best players last season despite a poor campaign and is not keen on spending a year in the Championship.

Benitez is still trying to add to his squad at St James’ Park and has already recruited Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejuene, Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy so far in the window.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcastle are beginning to bring in some solid players to the club and Clucas would certainly be another one if captured. The midfielder managed to keep a high level performance last season despite playing in a struggling Hull side. He is a versatile ace that would be vital to Benitez’s side and would slot in nicely alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the centre of midfield. Clucas would be great value for money if  acquired for just £4million and could make an immediate impact in the Premier League. Newcastle are going to need a hard working side if they are to avoid relegation in the upcoming season and they would certainly be getting that in Clucas.

In other Newcastle transfer news, they are expected to make a move for an international attacking midfielder.

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