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Lille challenging Newcastle for Saliba as Arsenal close in on Brighton stopper White

Newcastle United are battling Lille for Arsenal defender William Saliba.

The 20-year-old was expected to return to Arsenal this summer after spending the second half of last season at Nice.

But the Gunners are weighing up Saliba's future as they close in on signing Brighton centre-back Ben White.

Newcastle have been linked with the Frenchman for a few weeks.

The Daily Mail reports they now face competition from Ligue 1 champions Lille.

Toon have an advantage as Arsenal are hoping for Saliba to gain some Premier League experience.

However, the prospect of playing in the Champions League might also persuade them to send Saliba back to France.

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