By Richard Parks
Newcastle United want to re-sign Kenedy on a permanent deal when his loan expires in the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Magpies want to land the wide forward at the end of the season when he is due to return to parent club Chelsea.
It is said that Rafael Benitez’s side will have to pay up to £15million for the dazzling forward to seal a permanent exit away from Stamford Bridge.
The report details that the 22-year-old is open to the possibility of staying with Newcastle, while manager Benitez is desperate to secure a deal for a player he has made clear he rates highly.
Benitez said, as quoted by the Mirror: “It’s more than his energy and pace, he is a player who is comfortable on the ball. His delivery, his crosses and set pieces, he is somebody who is different and he is a player playing with confidence now.
“His goals will help that. We already had a bit of pace with Atsu and Murphy and the ability and work rate of Ritchie, but Kenedy is good on the ball, he does not give it away easily and he gives us more control.”
Football Insider verdict:
What a signing Kenedy would be for Newcastle. He might not be quite good enough to make the Chelsea starting XI every week – there is a chap called Eden Hazard who plays in a very similar position – but the Toon faithful won’t give two hoots about that. They have seen enough of the wide man since he joined on loan in January to know he is the real deal. Technically good, calm on the ball and blessed with devastating pace, he is exactly the kind of player Newcastle have been crying out for. He is good enough to secure 15 goals a season, as well as create chances for others.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are firmly in the hunt to sign a Manchester City winger who is out of contract in the summer.