By Fraser Fletcher, Transfer Correspondent

4th May, 2023 | 1:00pm

Sources: Newcastle United set sights on £60m-valued Thuram

Newcastle United are well placed to sign Nice star Khephren Thuram this summer, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed that the French club will be open to bids of £60million for the 22-year-old at the end of the season.

Thuram‘s contract at the Ligue 1 club runs until 2025 but they are beginning to accept that they may have to sell this summer due to the amount of interest in the midfielder.

Newcastle are in pole position and are aware they can have the player for £60m.

Premier League rivals Liverpool and European giant Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on the midfielder’s situation.

The France international has made 45 appearances for Nice across all competitions this season and has scored two goals and provided two assists in those outings.

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Newcastle are set to strengthen once again this summer ahead of potential Champions League football in the 2023-24 campaign.

The Magpies are currently third in the Premier League and are six points ahead of fifth place Liverpool, with a game in hand.

On 27 April, Football Insider revealed that Eddie Howe has instructed Newcastle chiefs to prioritise three marquee deals this summer and has named his top targets.

The Toon boss is keen to bring in Premier League players James Maddison and Kieran Tierney as well as Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby.

Howe is keen to bring in proven players that can slot straight into his starting XI and improve it and the club’s Saudi owners are preparing to back the manager in the upcoming window.

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