Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is keen to bring Manchester United defender Luke Shaw to the club on a temporary deal in January, according to a report.

The Mirror claim on their website that the Spanish boss is searching for a signing in the winter window to fill the problem position of left back on Tyneside, with regular first team star Paul Dummett out injured after suffering a blow on the opening day of the season.

As a result, the likes of natural right back Javi Manquillo and centre back Chancel Mbemba have both filled in, but Benitez has identified Shaw, a £30million signing for United back in 2014, as a potential solution.

The 22-year-old is said to be available for loan in the new year, with Jose Mourinho said to be open to seeing the seven-time-capped England international depart after publicly criticising him on several occasions.

He has been an outcast from the Red Devils’ league squads this season, and has just two outings and a further three unused substitute appearances across all competitions.

However, Southampton and Tottenham are both said to be interested in his services, which could deal a blow to the Magpies’ hope of snapping him up.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle are in desperate need of a left back, and Luke Shaw is in desperate need of game time, which is why this move seems like a match made in heaven. Benitez is the sort of manager that would take the youngster under his wing and try to help him flourish, in stark contrast to the cold manner in which Mourinho has treated the left back. However, the rivalry between the two managers could see this move remain as just a dream for the Magpies, but at least the Spanish boss is trying to target some top talent to improve his side, who need reinforcements come the January window if they are to ensure their place in the Premier League next season.

In other Newcastle United news, Alan Shearer has blasted the Magpies for their performance against Watford.

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