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31st May, 2017 | 6:04pm

Why Newcastle must swoop for PL midfielder available in the summer

By Derek Smithson

Newcastle should seriously consider a move for midfielder Lucas Leiva, who is available on a free transfer in the summer as his contract at Liverpool expires.

The 30-year-old is set to see his 10-year spell at Anfield come to an end and he had made 346 appearances for the Merseyside club, becoming a fan favourite in the process.

Rafael Benitez was the manager who bought the Brazilian for Liverpool back in 2007 and the current Newcastle boss should seriously consider a reunion at St James’ Park.

The Magpies are looking to strengthen their squad as they return to the Premier League next season, with the club clinching the Championship title.

They are going to need experienced top-flight players that can help their squad and Liverpool ace Lucas certainly has the know-how to improve them.

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He is a defensive midfielder by trade, but can also be used as an emergency defender.

Lucas proved this season under Jurgen Klopp that he still has top qualities by making 31 senior appearances and he is very efficient at winning the ball back for his side.

A potential Lucas-Jonjo Shelvey combination in the centre of the park sounds like an interesting proposition and one that could definitely compete in the Premier League.

The midfielder undoubtably has the quality still to do a job in the top flight and Newcastle could make a fantastic addition by picking him up for free.

They are likely to have to pay him big wages, but the north-east club have given Benitez big financial backing and no transfer fee should sweeten the deal.

In other Newcastle transfer news, they are planning a £4million move for a Serie A goalkeeper.

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