Donis Avdijaj could be a rough diamond ready for the Benitez polish at Newcastle

As reported by The Daily Mail, Newcastle United are interested in signing Donis Avdijaj this summer from German side Schalke.

What’s the story?

Newcastle fans are hoping for an exciting summer transfer window, desperate for the club’s decision makers and financial backers to support Rafa Benitez and help them climb the table from their 10th-placed finish in the English Premier League.

One name on the club’s radar is 21-year-old Donis Avdijaj, according to The Daily Mail.

The paper reckon the attacker is set for an exit from the German club this summer, who would be willing to part with him for a knockdown price of £2.5m, with the player having just a year left on his contract.

The report states that Newcastle are joined by Everton in pursuit of the Kosovan international.

Who is he?

Having excelled for Schalke’s youth and reserve side, there has been much excitement about Avdijaj’s potential for a number of years now, with the German club hoping to cultivate his skills with loan moves at Austrian side Sturm Graz and Dutch outfit Roda.

With 17 goals and 13 assists for those clubs in 59 appearances, he has progressed well as a youngster, but has failed to win his way into the Schalke first team to follow in the footsteps of Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler.

It’s clear though he has potential and perhaps a move to St James’ Park could be the making of him, especially with Rafa Benitez’s track record recently of turning the unexceptional into star talents for the Magpies.

At the reported £2.5m, it would be a relatively risk free move and is something they should seriously consider this summer.