Newcastle Hoping to Announce Signing of Dortmund Midfielder Mikel Merino Imminently

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Newcastle United are hoping to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino their fifth signing of the summer, according to a tweet from The Chronicle's Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder.

It is believed that a deal could be reached within the next 24 hours. Having appeared just nine times for Dortmund since his €3.75 million move to the German giants last summer, Merino will be seeking more playing time with a switch to Tyneside.

This would continue a busy window for Rafa Benitez's side, who have already spent a total of over £30m on the likes of Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejeune, and Javier Manquilo.

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Merino would represent another exciting addition to a team which seems determined to cement its place back in the top flight.

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The Spain U21 international had previously looked to be closing in on a return to his home country with Athletic Bilbao, but it now appears that Newcastle is his most likely destination.