Newcastle have matched Tottenham in their advances over a possible deal for Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan, according to a report.

Speculation earlier this year claimed that Spurs are keen on the Chilean central defender. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is after a new defender following the departure of Jan Vertonghen.

Indeed, Maripan later confirmed that he is keen to move to the Premier League after moving to Europe in 2017.

However, the latest report from CDF claims that Newcastle are now firmly in the hunt for the centre-back.

The Magpies have “equalled” Mourinho’s advances and are keen to beat their top-flight rivals to Maripan’s signature.

Although, Monaco have firmly insisted that the defender will not leave for less than €20million (£18milion).

Regardless of the French club’s financial hopes, the report adds that Monaco are keen to sell and it is likely Maripan will not be at the club next for much longer.

Monaco have a sizeable squad and are in the midst of a “serious economic crisis”, the report says.