Drastic Tosin Adarabioyo action taken as Newcastle United prepare for Man United transfer battle

Fulham boss Marco Silva seems willing to leave red hot defender Tosin Adarabioyo out in the cold ahead of a fierce battle for his signature this summer.

The central defender is approaching the end of his contract at Craven Cottage and has informed the club he has no desire of putting pen to paper on a new deal before the summer. As such, Premier League sides are on red alert, hoping to snatch Adarabioyo on a free transfer.

Newcastle United, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all seeking to secure his services but Silva looks ready to cut the 26-year-old’s season short after leaving him out of Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace over the weekend.

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“He can play. We have three games to play,” Silva replied when asked if Adarabioyo would play again this season. “If I decided, he would be on the pitch he would be. It will be my decision always.

“I’m looking for the present. I want to win football matches and be as competitive as we can be. At the same time, we have to prepare for the future of the football club.”

Long-term injuries to both Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles means Newcastle will target at least one central defender when the summer window opens. Adarabioyo ticks plenty of boxes with his ability but would also be a shrewd addition as the Magpies keep a close eye on their spending.

The former Manchester City defender has made 129 appearances for Fulham since leaving Manchester City four years ago and would add valuable experience to Eddie Howe’s backline. Lloyd Kelly, another defender set to be available on a free this summer, is another on Newcastle’s radar.

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