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16th May, 2017 | 12:15pm

Sky journalist: Newcastle agree deal with PL giants for first summer signing

By Will Butcher

Newcastle have agreed a deal for Chelsea attacker Christian Atsu, according to a Sky journalist.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account that Atsu has agreed a four-year deal with the Toon, and will cost Benitez’s side £6.5million.

Atsu, 25, starred for the Toon in their promotion chase from the Championship, scoring five goals in 35 league and cup appearances including two goals in his last three games.

The Ghana international has been allowed to leave Stamford Bridge after being considered surplus to requirements under Antonio Conte with huge competition ahead of him.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro have prevented the speed machine from making any senior appearances with the west London giants.

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It has seen the former Porto ace move on loan frequently throughout his career, including temporary spells with the likes of Bournemouth, Everton and Malaga.

Atsu had just 12 months remaining on his Chelsea contract, and Benitez has decided to strike early by bringing his impressive loanee to St. James’ Park on a permanent deal.

This is likely to be just the start for Newcastle in the transfer window, with former Real Madrid boss Benitez expected to be active in an attempt to keep the Toon in the Premier League.

Football Insider verdict:

Atsu shone for the Toon last season, leaving Championship defenders in his wake as he put on show a variety of different skills and blistering pace that wowed fans on the terraces of St. James’ Park. Benitez will be looking to keep his side in the Premier League and could even push his side towards the top half of the Premier League table, if he has a successful transfer window. In order to do that, he must keep his side intact without losing any of his senior stars and Atsu is a part of that. Able to produce something out of nothing, Atsu’s speed will be crucial in helping the Toon score on the counter attack, with possession less easy to come by against the Premier League’s biggest sides, but his permanent move could now spell the end for Yoann Gouffran, who has just six weeks left on his current Newcastle contract.

In other Newcastle transfer news, here are three reasons why the Toon should sign this Premier League veteran on a free transfer.

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