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Newcastle rival Chelsea for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

Newcastle United have jumped into the battle for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Mundo Deportivo says Newcastle are keen on signing Kounde amid interest from Chelsea and Barcelona.

Toon have already confirmed the signings of Matt Targett and Nick Pope but the Saudi-backed Magpies show no signs of stopping there.

And French ace Kounde, 23, is next in their sights.

The prospect of signing for Newcastle has “tempted" Kounde, after Sevilla confirmed he would be allowed to leave this summer.

But it would take a bid in excess of £51million to secure his services.

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