Newcastle ready to deal in HJK Helsinki defender Jukka Raitala

Newcastle United are interested in HJK Helsinki defender Jukka Raitala.

The 20-year-old left-back, who is on trial at St James’ Park and could move for £450,000, played in a practice match watched by manager Joe Kinnear yesterday.

The Finland Under 21 star, who rejected a move to West Bromwich Albion, is also being watched by Udinese and Ajax.

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