Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is considering a move for free agent Milan Badelj, according to The Mirror.
It’s deja vu at St James’ Park as Benitez once again struggles to get the finances that he needs to bring in some new signings.
Club owner Mike Ashley promised that all funds generated by the club will go into the transfer kitty, but it seems that the cupboard is bare.
So far, Ki-sung yeung and Kenedy have arrived at the club as new signings, but one was a free transfer and the other a loan.
In addition, Martin Dubravka has signed a permanent deal after the goalkeeper spent last season on a temporary deal from Sparta Prague.
Plenty of players have been linked to the North-East outfit, but deals have been few and far between.
The Mirror reports that Benitez is eyeing a move for Badelj, who has become a free agent after his four-year deal at Fiorentina expired.
In truth, defensive midfield is not an area of the pitch where Newcastle need desperate attention.
The club could lose Isaac Hayden before the window is closed, which would create an opening, but there are more pressing matters to consider for Benitez.
Despite this, it would seem like a missed opportunity to reject the chance to sign Badelj on a free.
The 29-year-old helped Croatia reach the World Cup final as he scored one goal and created an assist in three outings for his nation in Russia.
There is always a risk signing a player who has zero Premier League experience, but with this alleged interest relatively under the radar, Badelj, who has 41 caps for his country, could be Newcastle’s surprise package.