Premier League

Newcastle In Midfielder Talks

With the close of the transfer window Chris Hughton has began talks to sign French midfielder Nassim Boukhelifa on a free from Racing Club Lens.

The Magpie boss has already made the most of his minimal transfer budget signing Sol Campbell and Dan Gosling on Bosmans, as well as recruiting Olympique Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa on loan.

Hughton confirmed to the Journal that the youngster has been on Tyneside discussing a contract:

“He is a lad that is on trial. He is a young lad that is training with our development squad.”

Regarded as a prospect for the future, Boukhelifa follows in the footsteps of former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong, who joined at the age of 22 from French club Metz for £500,000, after a week long trial. Bassong then left St. James’ Park for Tottenham in a move worth £8million.

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