Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leeds all keen to sign £6m German defender Timo Hubers

Newcastle, West Ham, Leeds, Crystal Palace and Southampton all keen to sign £6m defender Timo Hubers… with the German entering the final year of his FC Koln deal this summer

  • A host of Premier League sides are currently tracking defender Timo Hubers
  • The 25-year-old has made 15 Bundesliga appearances for FC Koln this season
  • He will enter the final 12 months of his contract at the German club this summer
  • Newcastle, West Ham and Leeds are all on the lookout for a new centre-back 

FC Koln defender Timo Hubers is set to be a £6million target for Premier League clubs this summer.

Newcastle, Leeds and Crystal Palace are understood to be tracking the 25-year-old centre-back, while West Ham, Southampton and Championship promotion favourites Fulham are also monitoring his situation.

Hubers signed a two-year contract when he returned to the Bundesliga with Koln in July from second-tier Hannover 96, and will enter the final 12 months of his deal in the summer.

Defender Timo Hubers (right) is on the radar of clubs such as West Ham, Newcastle and Leeds

A 6ft 2in ball-playing defender, Hubers has made 18 appearances in all competitions this term as Koln have bounced back from finishing third-from-bottom last season to reach eighth place with six games left to play.

Having spent the first half of the campaign mostly on the bench, the German has now played 12 of Koln’s last 13 Bundesliga games. His only absence came after testing positive for Covid-19. 

Hubers scored his first Bundesliga in a 2-2 draw against Bochum in January as he smashed the ball home from a corner.  

The Hildesheim-born player came through Hannover’s youth system before starting his career with Koln’s second team, and then returned to Hannover for a five-year spell. 

The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances in all competitions for FC Koln this season

The 25-year-old has made 18 appearances in all competitions for FC Koln this season

West Ham manager David Moyes tried and failed to sign a new centre-back in January

West Ham manager David Moyes tried and failed to sign a new centre-back in January

Leeds have shipped the most goals in the Premier League this season (68), while Newcastle have conceded the fourth-most. 

Meanwhile, both West Ham and Southampton are likely to prioritise bringing in a centre-back in the summer. 

David Moyes tried and failed to sign a number of players in that position in January, including James Tarkowski, Nat Phillips and Joe Worrall.  

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