By 90Min
November 10, 2017

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is considering new recruits for his side this January and has allegedly identified Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as a prime target, according to reports.

Newly-promoted Newcastle are currently exceeding all expectations in the Premier League as they currently sit in the middle of the pack in 11th place, comfortably above the relegation zone. 

Benitez is be looking to further increase his side's chance of survival and a strong finish to the campaign with several new recruits aimed at provided quality to the starting lineup.

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Currently playing as backup for Barcelona's first choice shot stopper Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Cillessen is according to reports keen on a move away from the Camp Nou having played only once so far this season.

And with the Netherlands international looking for more regular game time, Newcastle could be an ideal move for the 28-year-old, where he would likely become the Magpies' first choice keeper.

The Dutchman performed admirably throughout his time at Ajax, a five year stint that saw him win three Eredivisie titles and earn a coveted move to Catalonia in 2016.

However, since joining Barcelona, Cillessen has made on 17 appearances, pushing him towards the exit door as he seeks further game time elsewhere. 

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