Newcastle United are interested in Leeds United defender Robin Koch, the German media says.

Sport1 today writes that with the crisis at the Elland Road side, the 26-year-old is looking for the ‘next step in his development’ for next season.

Many clubs are said to be interested in him, and according to the report, it’s ‘most notably’ Newcastle United who want to take the player away from Leeds.

The Magpies should face the competition from Premier League and Bundesliga clubs, who have also made ‘enquiries’ for his signing.

It’s said a return to Germany would increase his chances of getting in the national team, and Koch himself spoke to Sport1 about that possibility.

“I definitely want to play another tournament with and for Germany. The Euros at home is my big goal. I will continue to step on the gas for that!”

Mostly focused on Koch’s potential return to Germany, Sport1 don’t bring many details on what Leeds could demand or Newcastle offer.

The defender has a contract with the Whites running until 2024, so the club should feel some pressure to sell him next summer and avoid losing him for free, especially in case his wish for a departure is real.

Koch is currently valued by Transfermarkt at €18m.