Date: 6th April 2018 at 2:49pm
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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez may have to go out and find a new defensive midfielder in the summer after it was reported that Mikel Merino wants to quit St James’ Park.

TeamTalk has reported that Merino has told Benitez he wants out in the summer transfer wifindow after falling down the pecking order and attracting attention from Athletic Bilbao.

Even though the Spanish midfielder only signed a permanent deal earlier this season when he joined from Borussia Dortmund, it seems that Benitez may have to give in and cash in on the wantaway player.

That means that a replacement will be needed and there does not seem like a better fit right now than Marko Grujic, who has been smashing it with Cardiff since joining them on loan from Liverpool in January.

Grujic has not lost a single Championship game since moving to South Wales in January, making 12 appearances in all competitions.

The 6ft 3in deep-lying playmaker is very similar to Merino and might be available in the summer with him nowhere near the first-team at Anfield.

Cardiff will probably want to sign the 21-year-old for themselves once their promotion to the Premier League is confirmed as they currently sit second in the Championship, five points ahead of third-placed Fulham.

However that should not stop the Magpies from going out and signing up the Serbia international, who could be a really good addition in the summer.

In other Newcastle United news, West Ham are eyeing a summer swoop for this £60,000-a-week Magpies player.

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