Newcastle linked with double swoop for England stars

Newcastle United have been linked with a January swoop for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph - and England Under-21 star Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Wednesday, 21st December 2016, 9:52 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:13 pm
Fabian Delph

England international Delph has fallen out of favour at Man City and has only made 19 appearances at the club since the start of the 2015/2016 campaign.

And with Rafa Benitez looking to strengthen his squad for the promotion push, Delph has been mentioned as a potential target with the former Aston Villa ace fighting his way back to fitness after a series of injuries.

Benitez is keen to bolster his midfield options with Jonjo Shelvey facing a five-game ban and Mo Diame heading to the African Cup of Nations in the new year.

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And as well as Delph, Benitez could return to his former club Chelsea for Loftus-Cheek.

The 20-year-old is seen as one of the rising stars of the English game, but has struggled to nail down a regular spot with Antonio Conte's Premier League leaders and could leave Chelsea on loan in January to gain further experience.