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Hull, Southampton, Newcastle target Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid

Premier League clubs are circling for Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid.

Southampton, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Hull City are all in contact with Bayer for the 25 year-old.

Bayer are prepared to allow Wollscheid to move out on-loan this season as they target a new centre-half signing.

However, Wollscheid would prefer a permanent transfer if he is forced to leave.

"A loan would be a strange situation that I do not even know about. This is no situation that I'd strive for," he said.

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