Newcastle go for Stoke defender Cort

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is chasing Stoke City defender Leon Cort.

Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton is chasing Stoke City defender Leon Cort.

The Evening Chronicle says Hughton attempted to get 30-year-old Cort, brother of ex-Toon striker Carl, on loan earlier this season, but the Potters defender could be available on a cut-price deal during the January transfer window and is unhappy at Stoke.

Hughton is not confident of landing high-profile freebie Sol Campbell despite the fact he is now free to arrange a move to other clubs, with the veteran England defender’s wages a clear stumbling block.

But Cort is one of a number of players that fits the bill for Hughton, and he has had a long-standing interest in the ex-Crystal Palace and Southend defender.

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