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Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, according to reports.
The Left back has been heavily tipped to leave the Emirates this summer after losing his place in the first team to Nacho Monreal. It is believed that Wenger is prepared to sell the 26-year-old defender should he find a suitable replacement.
Wenger has been linked with the likes of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Lorient’s Raphael Guereirro which is a sign that the French man could be prepared to let Gibbs go. Newcastle are now determined to take advantage of the situation and table an offer for the fullback, according to sources.
A source close to the club claims the Magpies are monitoring the defender and are weighing up submitting an official bid should they be able to survive the relegation battle.
Newcastle enquired about the midfielder in the last winter transfer window as they tried to take the defender on loan and now they could return to take the defender permanently should they remain in top flight football next year.
Newcastle currently sit 17th on the log table, one point ahead of rivals Sunderland in 18th place and Benitez men have played a game more.