Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is ready to allow a quartet of the club’s young stars to depart temporarily in January when their current loan deals expire next month, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website the the Spanish boss will be looking to keep Adam Armstrong, Alex Gilliead, Sean Longstaff and Stuart Findlay out at other clubs on loan moves in the winter window, with their half season moves all set to come to an end.

Armstrong has been plying his trade in the Championship with Bolton Wanderers, Gilliead and Longstaff in League One with Bradford City and Blackpool, while Findlay has been playing regular football north of the border Kilmarnock.

With there likely to be no place in the senior squad for the quartet, Benitez is said to be ready to welcome offers for their temporary exit, with Blackpool and Bradford said to be readying deals for their on-loan duo.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle have not seen a talent break through their youth ranks for some years now, and these four would appear to be the best chances of seeing another any time soon. Benitez is unlikely to need any of the four in his first team though, and with the relegation battle finely poised in the Premier League, he cannot afford to be taking the risk of blooding youngsters into his side. He has a handful of fringe players at St James’ Park who will likely turn out in the FA Cup in January, so loan moves for these four seems best for their development.

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