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Belgian playmaker of interest to Newcastle United this month as Benitez looks to strengthen

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez will be well aware of the task his side face over the course of the second half of the campaign, with the Magpies mired in a pulsating relegation battle.

Just two points above the drop, fans here in The Transfer Tavern are a nervous bunch, but have utter faith in their beloved Spanish boss to lead them away from trouble in the coming weeks. Our landlord caught up with the Geordie boys during their latest trip to The Tavern, with a burning desire for new signings clear to see amongst fans. During the chat, our landlord was alerted to some positive news for fans, with reports in The Telegraph suggesting that Newcastle are interested in a loan move for Chelsea winger, Charly Musonda.

The wide man has impressed in the reserve set-up at Stamford Bridge this season, with his performances in the Checkatrade Trophy helping the club’s U21 side advance through the knockout stages of the competition. Newcastle are also closing in on a deal for Musonda’s Chelsea teammate, Kenedy, and fans will hope a double swoop can be secured before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

With The Telegraph also reporting that Bournemouth, Watford and West Brom are also keeping tabs on the player, Benitezt must move fast to tie his man to the Magpies until the end of the season.

Landlord’s Verdict: Musonda looks to be a top talent, with the 21-year-old Belgian looking ready to try his hand at first-team football in the Premier League. If Benitez can pull off a double switch for the Chelsea pair he will acquire a very talented duo, who should offer enough to help pull the Magpies away from trouble.

Chelsea are stalling on a Kenedy deal according to The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder on Twitter, so Benitez may have reservations over a switch for Musonda, but the Spaniard should look to press ahead with both deals in order to improve his struggling squad.

Newcastle fans, let us know your thoughts!

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