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29th Aug, 2016 | 6:51pm

Newcastle open talks to sign Premier League midfielder - report

By Dominic Toner

Newcastle have begun negotiations to sign Callum McManaman, according to a report.

The Mail claim that Newcastle have opened talks with West Brom over a move for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder.

The report details that Championship rivals Derby are also interested in McManaman and will battle them for his signature.

The Evening Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that McManaman had been offered to Newcastle.

Newcastle have also been linked with Chelsea midfielder Christian Atsu who is reportedly set to complete a loan move to St. James’ Park.

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McManaman signed for the Baggies in January 2015, signing a contract that will keep him at the Hawthorns until 2018.

The former Wigan Athletic winger made just 15 appearances in all competitions last term, and has fallen down the pecking order behind the likes of James McClean, Matt Phillips and youngster Jonathan Leko.

Newcastle are looking to sign a winger as Moussa Sissoko’s future hangs in the balance, while Yoann Gouffran is also expected to leave. Wide men Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Andros Townsend have all quit St. James’ Park this summer.

Manager Rafa Benitez has already made 11 summer signings, taking his spending to over £53million after confirming the signings of Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar.

Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Mohamed Diame, Isaac Hayden and DeAndre Yedlin have all joined the Magpies from the Premier League, while Matz Sels, Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanley and Jesus Gamez have also signed for Benitez’s side.

In other Newcastle transfer news, they have revealed their stance on a former Manchester United midfielder.