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Benitez to bolster Magpies by netting Chelsea's Kenedy

By Staff Reporter

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

Kenedy hit the headlines last month when he was disciplined by the Blues after posting controversial comments on social media during the club's pre-season trip to China.

The former Fluminense player, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £6.3m switch in 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 he has encountered in rebuilding his squad for life back in the Premier League.

With escalating transfer fees and wages having contributed to their failure to land targets and an inability to offload players surplus to requirements, they have had to regroup in recent weeks.

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