Newcastle United are interested in signing Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins on loan, per AS.
The report claims that the Magpies are attempting to secure the 23-year-old until the end of the season.
The news comes on the back of a Telegraph report claiming that manager Rafa Benitez will leave St. James’ Park at the end of the season if the club fail to make two signings in this transfer window.
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Gelson has struggled for game time in Spain and has yet to complete 90 minutes in La Liga this season, despite making eight appearances, as per Transfermarkt.
AS report that Arsenal and Monaco have also expressed their interest in the Portugal international, leaving Newcastle in a battle to secure his signature.
Nevertheless, the club’s fans are already getting excited over the prospect of seeing the talented forward in a black and white shirt.
Here’s a quick look at how Newcastle fans are reacting to the Martins rumours on Twitter…
Would deffo take gelson martins like….#nufc
— Monas (@lukemonaghaan) January 23, 2019
Hmmm Newcastle in talks with Atletico for Gelson Martins. Would be incredible ? #NUFC
— Liam Jackson (@ljackson_9) January 23, 2019
Gelson Martins would be a brilliant signing and would add some much needed attacking quality #nufc
— Jordan Morris (@JordNufcmorris) January 23, 2019
It will be amazing if we sign Martins on loan, very quick and can take the ball with him. He is perfect for the way we play and will link up with Rondon very well. Not a great finisher but that is why we have Rondon #NUFC
— Angel? (@01ddunn) January 23, 2019
Would be delighted with Gelson Martins like… can’t see it happening though ? #NUFC
— Adam Lee (@adam7lee) January 23, 2019
Martins pace will ruin some defences if he signs for us! #NUFC
— Kieran Parr (@KieranParr17) January 23, 2019
If Gelson Martins comes to Newcastle my god this premier league is going to be blessed with sauce.
— KP (@kieronufc_) January 23, 2019
Almiron and gelson Martins ??
— Josh (@ffsnufc) January 23, 2019