Eric Bailly transfer news: Newcastle leading the race but Ligue 1 pair in hunt for Man Utd stopper

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NEWCASTLE are frontrunners to sign Eric Bailly before the start of the new season.

Betfair make the Manchester United defender an odds-on shot to join the Toon moneymen – priced at 8/11.

Newcastle are short-price favourites to sign Eric Bailly

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Reports over the weekend suggested the Old Trafford side had offered the Ivorian to Newcastle.

Bailly’s Premier League experience might appeal to Howe as he gets set to begin a summer spree ahead of the new season.

Bailly made four Premier League appearances in a disastrous United campaign last season.

In total, it was just seven appearances for the defender across all competitions.

The 28-year-old has two years left on his current Red Devils contract but is well down the pecking order behind Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

Eric Bailly next club

Betfair odds

  • Newcastle 8/11
  • Marseille 4/1
  • Lyon 8/1

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He was Jose Mourinho’s first signing back in 2016 for a £30million fee.

Bailly looked set to leave Old Trafford last year when revealing he was evaluating his options. That before a dramatic U-turn which saw him extend his stay by penning a new three-year-deal last April.

He was given assurances that his playing time would increase under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but that didn’t come to fruition.

Now he has been offered to Newcastle who will kickstart a summer of spending soon ahead of the new season.

They’re odds-on 8/11 with Betfair to land Bailly and currently only have two competitors in the market.

And they both come from France, with Marseille and Lyon also in the mix for his signature.

Marseille are next best at 4/1, with Lyon priced up at 8/1 to tempt Bailly away from the Premier League.

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