Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia could make a long-awaited return to Newcastle United this summer.

The Finland international had a trial at St James' as a teenager under former boss Kevin Keegan, and while he is approaching the end of his career, his experience could prove invaluable with the Magpies' rearguard in need of a major overhaul.

Hyypia, who made 29 appearances last season but saw Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger establish themselves as Rafael Benitez' first-choice central pairing, has reportedly rejected a move to Fulham.