Both Leeds United and Newcastle United want to sign highly-rated French defender Harold Voyer, according to a FootMercato report.

The Magpies brought in compatriot Florian Lejeune earlier this summer and want to add the 20-year-old to their squad while the Whites are also reportedly interested.

The defender’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain recently expired and it seems as if he is prepared the leave the French capital and try his luck in England.

Fulham is another possible destination but the report claims that Newcastle are the favourites and are already speaking with his representatives.

While Lejeune, an £8.5 million arrival from Eibar, is Newcastle’s highest-profile transfer of the summer, any move for Voyer would be one more in line with the recent signings of youngsters Stefan O’Connor and Josef Yarney.

Like that pair, the Frenchman would probably slot into Newcastle’s development squad, alongside Juanito and Tyrique Bartlett, for whom the club have received international clearance.

With only the signings of Lejeune and Christian Atsu to get excited about this summer, Newcastle fans remain disappointed by the lack of arrivals, although Benitez clearly has an eye on the future as well.

He must rate the French defender highly, given that he has only featured on a handful of occasions for PSG’s reserves.

Meanwhile, competition for his signature could come from Leeds, who may be in a better position to offer Voyer first-team opportunities.

He would be unlikely to be much more than a fringe player at St. James Park, where the club already has three left-backs and six central defenders to choose from.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen could feel the left-footer is either useful defensive cover or a potential permanent replacement for Charlie Taylor, who recently headed to Burnley on a free transfer.

However, having already secured the signings of centre-back Pontus Jansson, a move to Elland Road could also see the Frenchman working with the development squad rather than playing on a regular basis in the short-term.


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