Newcastle United are among numerous clubs at home and abroad considering a loan move for Arsenal youngster, Serge Gnabry, The Football Pyramid understands.
The German winger, who has shone for Germany in the Olympics, is set for a second consecutive season away from the Emirates Stadium – only after he agrees a new contract at his parent club, according to reports on Friday.
And Magpies boss, Rafael Benitez, who wants to add a winger to his squad, is hopeful of taking the 21-year-old, who has netted six goals in four matches the Brazil games, to St James’ Park as he looks to bolster his attack before the transfer window shuts.
Newcastle will face stiff competition to secure the services of Gnabry, who faces a whittling down process upon his return from the Olympics and imminent gold medal match against the host nation on Saturday.
A number of English and German clubs are thought to be interested – including Bundesliga outfits Eintracht Frankfurt, RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin, who recently confirmed their interest in the Gunners’ youngster.
Wenger is believed to ideally want a top-flight loan for Gnabry, but having struggled at West Brom last season – making just one substitute appearance before being recalled – the Arsenal boss could be swayed into sanctioning a move to the Magpies, considering the size and the ambition of the club this season.
After such a disappointing spell at the Hawthorns last season, which ended with Gnabry playing under-21s football rather than on the first-team stage, the German needs to kick-start his football development again this year.
Heading to the North East to work under a manager of Benitez’s calibre, a move to St James’ Park would be as good a place as any to do just that.
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