Premier League duo Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion are tracking West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi ahead of a potential move for the defender, according to ESPN.  

The centre back has been away on International duty with Egypt this summer and represented his country in all three games at the Russian World Cup.

Despite the Baggies relegation from the Premier League, Hegazi impressed throughout the campaign and continued to do so whilst at the World Cup.

He started all 38 games for West Brom last season and his performances have attracted the interest of both Newcastle and Brighton.

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New Baggies boss Darren Moore will be keen to hold on to his star defender, but his resolve is sure to be tested as clubs from the Premier League come knocking.

It is understood that the Egyptian has a release clause of £10m in his contract, and should that be met he can begin talks with potential suitors.

Newcastle are in the market for a new defender after French centre back Florian Lejeune suffered cruciate ligament damage during next season.

After offloading Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, Rafa Benitez now has over £20m to find reinforcements.

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Brighton have already smashed their club record transfer spend this summer but Chris Hughton is still on the lookout for another defender to bolster his back line.

The 27 year old initially joined the Baggies on loan last season before making his stay permanent in December.

However, his time in the Black Country could be coming to an end with Premier League clubs circling the Egyptian defender.

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