Christian Atsu has struggled to make a first-team breakthrough at Chelsea

By Dominic Toner

Newcastle have agreed a deal for Chelsea’s Christian Atsu, according to a reliable journalist.

ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday evening that Newcastle have agreed a loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.

Atsu, 24, is now set to complete a medical at St James’ Park and become the latest signing made by Rafa Benitez this summer.

Sky Sports’ north-east correspondent Keith Downie initially reported that the Magpies had enquired about Atsu for a loan move but he was one of several options the club were looking at.

The Mail claim that Newcastle have also opened talks with West Brom over a move for 25-year-old Callum McManaman as they increase their search for midfielder options.

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Attacker Atsu, who was voted the Best Player of the African Cup of Nations in 2015, made just 12 appearances in total for both Bournemouth and Malaga last term after suffering a stress fracture to his shin.

The 42-time Ghana international has less than two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract.

Newcastle’s interest comes after winger Rolando Aarons was ruled out for eight weeks after fracturing a metatarsal against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup last week.

Benitez has lost attacking wingers Andros Townsend, Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella, and is resigned to losing Euro 2016 finalist Moussa Sissoko.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a reliable journalist has revealed the club’s stance on a former Manchester United midfielder.