Newcaslte have identified Fulham centre back Tosin Adarabioyo as a potential January signing as they look to strengthen their defence, according to the Times.

The former Manchester City defender has been a longstanding Newcastle target, with Steve Bruce having reportedly been keen to take Adarabioyo to St. James’ Park following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League last season. The Times suggests that the 6ft 5in centre back has been earmarked again as the club’s new owners and Eddie Howe have priortised defensive recruitment next month after two heavy defeats in a week.

Newcastle have scouted Adarabioyo extensively this season but Fulham will be loath to let the 24 year-old leave Craven Cottage with the Whites sitting top of the Championship. He acquitted himself well in the top flight, helping to solidify a shaky defence even if he was unable to beat the drop, and has formed an excellent partnership with the experienced Tim Ream under Marco Silva this season. Adarabioyo, whose current contract in west London runs until 2023 with Fulham holding an option to extend by a further year, has made 53 appearances for the Cottagers and scored his first goal in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth earlier this month.