The Newcastle Evening Chronicle understands that Newcastle United left back Paul Dummett is a transfer target of Stoke City this summer. Mark Hughes is said to be a fan of the former Wales international, who was a regular starter at the Magpies won the Sky Bet Championship title last season.
Although the Potters are keen on making a move for the 25-year-old, Newcastle will not even consider letting him move on unless a suitable replacement can be located. Dummett has attracted interest from other Premier League clubs in recent years but is under contract at St James’ Park for a few more seasons yet.
Dummett made 46 league and cup appearances for the club last season as they sealed instant promotion back into the top flight under Rafa Benitez. The former Gateshead and St Mirren loanee would never lose his place in the side, despite the signing of Achraf Lazaar from Italian side Palermo in late August 2016. The defender was born in Newcastle but has two caps for Wales. He qualifies for Wales through his Welsh grandfather. He recently however told national team boss Chris Coleman that he no longer wishes to be considered for selection because of club and family commitments.
It is known that Newcastle are in the market for a new left back this summer. Therefore, it remains to be seen if Dummett will start the new season as first choice should he remain at St James’ Park. Marvin Zeegelaar and Kieran Gibbs of Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal respectively have both been linked with moves to the club. Therefore, Newcastle may be willing to part ways with Dummett should the fee be appropriate and one of those two targets or someone else joins the club.