There were some rumblings over the past few days that Newcastle were close to a mystery signing whose name the press hadn’t caught wind of.
That player could very well be former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb who Lee Ryder is reporting is on Tyneside to complete a medical.
The Chronicle have an exclusive that Bentaleb is on Tyneside to undergo a medical for a possible loan deal until the end of the season.
The Algerian international has not played for Schalke this season after falling out of favor with the club. He is currently training with their reserve side.
Nabil Bentaleb– returning to the Premier League with Newcastle?
Bentaleb is a 25-year-old central midfielder who signed for Schalke from Tottenham for £17m in 2017. He’s made 97 appearances for the club with 19 goals and 9 assists.
Get French Football News has added some further details about the possible loan move in that is includes a £9m option to buy.
Newcastle United will have an option to buy Nabil Bentaleb included in their loan deal with Schalke 04 worth around €10m, according to @sebnonda.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 20, 2020
This is an exciting and out of the blue signing if Newcastle can complete the move. Bentaleb did have a torn meniscus in his knee earlier this season that forced him to miss two months.
So hopefully that will not be a problem during his medical. Bentaleb has also reportedly turned down Crystal Palace in favor of Newcastle.
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