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While the Newcastle United squad need strengthening in almost every department if they hope to move up the table next season, there is one area which is a real weak link.

Midfield maestro Jonjo Shelvey has been the only creative presence from the centre of the park, and when he has been missing through injury or suspension, or has been marked out of the game by the opposition, the Magpies have struggled to fashion many chances.

Mikel Merino, who has been the number one choice to fill in for the former Swansea City man, has failed to offer the same sort of supply that his English counterpart has delivered, while Mohamed Diame and Isaac Hayden are too defence minded to have any impact pushing forward.

With central reinforcements likely to be a priority, the Magpies could swoop for a bargain deal for a perfect capture, although it could mean sideswiping Premier League rivals Everton in the process.

Turkish-Football have claimed that the Toffees are keen on securing a free transfer for former Arsenal midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup from Besiktas this summer, with the 25-year-old’s contract expiring at the end of the season.

Currently chasing the Turkish top flight title, sitting four points behind league leaders Galatasaray, the 32-cap Turkey international would most likely be open to a move back to England, having never been handed to opportunity to impress while with the Gunners.

An attack minded midfielder, he has six assists in 31 appearances this season, operating both in the centre and in an attacking role, but also has the box-to-box capabilities to ensure he chips in to the team effort.

A free transfer is the exact sort of transfer fee Mike Ashley would be looking for if he is to stay at St James’ Park, and his arrival would help offer support to a weak link in the Magpies’ squad.

A win-win situation.

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