Newcastle United 'in talks' for Palermo left-back

Achraf Lazaar of Palermo celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and US Citta di Palermo at Stadio Friuli on April 12, 2015
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Newcastle United are reportedly in talks with Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar.

Newcastle United are thought to be in talks with Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar over a £2.6m deal.

Magpies manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to bring in three more faces before the transfer window shuts next Wednesday, with a defender, a winger and a striker all on his shopping list.

Lazaar, 24, has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs this summer - including Southampton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace - after impressing with his performances in the Serie A last term.

The Morocco international has 10 months left on his deal with Palermo and is keen on a move to England, with Newcastle his preferred destination, according to The Chronicle.

Newcastle are currently seventh in the nascent Championship table after two wins from their opening four fixtures.

General Views of St James Park before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James Park on April 19, 2014
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