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Monday 18 December 2017

Rafa eyes Kenedy

Chelsea’s Kenedy
Chelsea’s Kenedy

Newcastle are engaged in ongoing talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for midfielder Kenedy.

Reports have suggested the Magpies have all but sealed a move for the 21-year-old Brazilian, who can operate both as a winger and at left-back.

However, that discussions remain at an early stage, although Newcastle's interest is genuine.

The former Fluminese player, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £6.3million switch in July 2015, has so far made only a handful of senior appearances and was sent out on loan to Watford during the first half of last season.

Newcastle are desperate to add further reinforcements to the captures of Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino and Jacob Murphy with manager Rafael Benitez having voiced his frustration at the difficulties the club has encountered in rebuilding his squad for life back in the Premier League.

With escalating transfer fees and wages Newcastle will look to further exploit the loan market.

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