Newcastle United are watching Kamil Glik ahead of a potential summer move, according to reports in Italy.

Sport Italia claim that the 28 year old defender is a target for the Magpies, as well as Everton and Tottenham, plus a number of Spanish and Italian clubs.

If Rafa Benitez can pull off a remarkable survival strategy in these remaining matches, then a new centre-back to play alongside Chancel Mbemba is surely a given.

Kamil Glik arrived in Italy six years ago for £1m but ended up not managing a single Serie A appearance for Palermo and after a spell on loan at Bari, was sold on to Torino for a token £200,000.

For the past five seasons the 6ft 3 centre-back has helped Torino get promoted and establish themselves in Serie A, they are currently mid-table (13th) with eight games remaining.

Kamil Glik is Captain of both the Italian club and his country, picking up his 39th senior cap when leading Poland to a 1-0 victory over Serbia on Friday (Mitrovic an unused sub).

The defender also has a liking for both goals and cards, with 10 league goals in the last four seasons (scored 7 last season) and 36 yellow & 2 reds in Seria A, since the summer of 2012.

Any transfer speculation is even weaker than usual considering Newcastle currently standing on the precipice of falling into the Championship – but certainly if Rafa is leading a Premier League Newcastle United next season then the expectation is that he will be allowed to bring in whoever he wants, including players with experience who can help knock the team into shape and provide leadership.