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Key summer agreement sought by Benitez’s Newcastle – report

Newcastle United supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team comfortably beat fellow Premier League relegation contenders Southampton 3-0 on Saturday to move further clear of danger.

Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with the struggling Saints off the back of a 2-0 loss at Liverpool in their preceding league outing, a result which saw them slip two places and just two points clear of the division’s relegation places. However, the Magpies have opened up a sizable gap between themselves and the bottom three as a Kenedy double as well as a Matt Ritchie strike sealed a comprehensive success over the South Coast outfit at St James’ Park, in turn moving Benitez’s men up to 13th place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many buoyant Newcastle fans in the Tavern this week, and their mood is likely to be further improved by a recent report from The Northern Echo, which suggests that a permanent move for Kenedy is near the top of Benitez’s priorities for the summer window.

The 22-year-old made the move to St James’ Park on loan during the January market and has certainly proven his worth so far with two goals and an assist in six Premier League appearances, in which time the Magpies have picked up nine points to pull clear of the relegation zone.

And such has been the Brazilian’s influence since his move to the North East, reports suggest that a permanent move will be sought by the Magpies this summer, to the point that an agreement is reportedly near the top of Benitez’s priority list for the close season.

And given how good Kenedy has been since his arrival, this news is sure to intrigue and perhaps further encourage our already delighted Newcastle fans in the Tavern.

Landlord’s verdict: Kenedy produced a man-of-the-match display to inspire Newcastle to a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, furthering the widely-held view among many in the Tavern that the 22-year-old has a bright future in the game.

And Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly hoping that he fulfils that potential at St James’ Park, as reports suggest that a permanent deal for the 22-year-old is near the top of his list of priorities for the summer window.

And news that their club are seeking this key agreement is only likely to thrill our resident Magpies fans even more, this all after seeing the Brazil youth international have a big impact on their side, and one that may well help them stave off relegation this season.

Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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