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Newcastle United are interested in securing the signature of Algeria and Slavia Sofia goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi.

The 24-year-old shot-stopper has so far led a nomadic life with regard to his career, switching five clubs since leaving Olympique de Marseille in 2006.

The custodian joined Hearts of Midlothian and left the club without making a single appearance for the first-team, and moved to Ethnikos Piraeus. But following a lacklustre spell with the Greek club, he then chose to switch allegiances to ply his trade for Panetolikos.

However, it was only a matter of a handful of appearances before he made yet another move, this time to Japanese side Ryukyu.

The goalkeeper has since taken to playing for his current club in Bulgaria, and put in a strong performance during the goalless draw with England.

This is believed to have cast Tyneside boss Chris Hughton's eye towards a potential move for the Algerian.

"Newcastle's interest is very strong," said Ventsislav Stefanov, the president of Slavia Sofia, according to The Sun.

It has been speculated that Newcastle are readying a £1 million bid to bring M'Bolhi into their fold.

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