Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Newcastle are interested in left-winger Mohamed Fares who plays for Hellas Verona in Serie A.
Former Newcastle assistant manager Fabio Pecchia is the head coach there and keeps in regular communication with Rafa Benitez about players in Serie A.
The 21-year-old has been at Verona since 2013 and has recently been capped for the first time by Algeria.
He made his debut in December 2014 against Udinese in a Serie A game.
So far he has played for the Verona first team 46 times with one goal and three assists.
He can play on the left side of midfield usually in attacking position.
21-year-old Mohamed Fares – Verona left-winger
Newcastle have been unable to make an early signing in this transfer window and news today that one of our striker targets, Danny Ings, will stay at Liverpool through the end of the season and is not available for a loan move.
It would help if we can get one or two players in early this month.
But Mike Ashley is still to return from his vacation in the states and from the local reports he has not been all that heavily engaged in transfer discussions.
Rafa seems to be staying very patient, but it’s also a worrying situation for the manager to be in when you have an ambitious manager and an owner who is not even engaged with the club.
It’s a ridiculous and dangerous situation for Newcastle United to be in.
If Mike Ashley doesn’t give Rafa money to spend this month, it could be a very tough second half of the season for Newcastle in our attempts to survive yet another relegation.
We hope to hear some good transfer news from Rafa in his press conference this afternoon for the FA Cup game at home to Luton Town tomorrow.
Even if it is only that he knows how much he has to spend this month and that’s adequate for what the manager needs to do this month.
But January transfer windows can be very difficult.