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PREMIER LEAGUE pair Liverpool and Newcastle are keeping tabs on Rennes defender Sega Coulibaly.
According to reports, Brendan Rodgers and Alan Pardew have their scouts watching 18-year-old Coulibaly who is also attracting interest from Fiorentina and Sevilla.
The Magpies are thought to be particularly keen as they have sent Steve Nickson to watch him in action.
The powerful defender is one of the hottest prospects in Ligue 1 and he was a regular for Rennes' reserve side last season.
The French outfit are determined to keep hold of Coulibaly as they are planning to fast-track him into their first team next season.
But Liverpool and Newcastle are hoping they can lure the talented France Under-18 international with the promise of a more lucrative contract and the possibility of stepping up to Premier League level.
Rennes expect to receive a number of offers in the coming weeks as the transfer window kicks into gear.