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Newcastle United reportedly closing in on relegation rivals’ outcast to kick off January business

Newcastle United fans will hope for an improvement in results over the course of the second half of the season, with the Magpies in serious trouble towards the foot of the Premier League table.

Just three points above the drop with fifteen games to go, fans here in The Transfer Tavern are concerned about their side’s top flight future, and are hoping manager Rafa Benitez will begin to bring in new faces over the course of the coming weeks to prepare the club for a survival push. Whilst catching up with fans in The Tavern whilst flicking through the newspaper over an afternoon pint, our landlord revealed to fans a new signing could be on its way, with Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare linked with a move to St James’ Park by the printed version of The Sun (via HITC).

They claim the Toon Army are closing in on a deal for the Senegalese defender on loan, with a potential permanent deal looked at in the summer, if all parties are happy.

The Senegalese defender has fallen out of favour since returning from injuries sustained in a car crash last year, which ruled the player out for much of the previous campaign. However since the appointment of Roy Hodgson, the player has made just three appearances as a substitute, and looks set for a loan move to the north east with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Landlord’s Verdict: Souare performed well following his arrival at Selhurst Park from Lille in 2015, but his devastating car crash has seriously put his career at the club in jeopardy. Out of the manager’s plans and with the likes of Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt ahead of him in the pecking order, a move is the correct decision, and Souare could shine at Newcastle once again.

Newcastle need reinforcements and when a player of Souare’s quality becomes available it cannot be ignored, and Benitez must move to ensure he ties the player to a loan deal until the end of the season.

Newcastle fans, let us know your thoughts!

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