Newcastle United are chasing Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas.

Tottenham, Sunderland and Fulham have also checked on £3million-rated Greece star Manolas, 22, says the Daily Star Sunday.

But Toon boss Alan Pardew has played down reports that key defender Fabricio Coloccini, 31, is again seeking a return to his native Argentina "as soon as possible''.

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