Rozehnal to Czech in at Magpies

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Newcastle are poised to sign Paris Saint Germain defender David Rozehnal next week.

The Czech Republic international is expected to travel to England on Sunday to undergo a medical after Newcastle agreed an undisclosed deal with PSG.

Newcastle have beaten off interest from Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla to land the central defender.

Rozehnal's agent Pavel Zika claims a deal should be concluded early next week with Rozehnal expected to sign a four-year deal at St James' Park.

"We travel to England on Sunday evening, David will undergo a medical on Monday morning and then he should sign the contract," Zika told CTK.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are believed to have entered the race to sign Lyon midfielder Alou Diarra.

French reports suggest Newcastle have expressed an interest in the unsettled Lyon star.

Diarra is seeking a move away from Stade Gerland after failing to hold down a regular place in the side.

Portsmouth have been leading the chase to sign the French international, but Newcastle are now hoping to lure him to St James' Park.

Diarra is believed to favour a move to Newcastle ahead of Portsmouth, but French duo Bordeaux and Monaco are ready to battle to keep the defensive midfielder in Ligue 1.