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Michal Travnik can be a bargain alternative to Miguel Almiron for Newcastle

Rafa Benitez wants to add some creativity to his midfield ranks at Newcastle United in January.

But with Miguel Almiron looking expensive at £25m, according to The Daily Mail, Benitez might need to consider cheaper options.

Judging by his history of spending, Mike Ashley is not likely to bankroll a £25m move for Almiron this January.

But Benitez could find a bargain alternative in Jablonec midfielder Michal Travnik.

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According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle and Fulham – as well as Augsburg and CSKA Moscow – are interested in Travnik, who is rated at £4m.

With 10 goals in 23 games this season, the Czech Republic international is thriving in a more advanced central midfield role for his side.

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Travnik might be tempted by seeing Martin Dubravka swap the Czech First League for Newcastle and enjoy great success at St James’ Park.

The 24-year-old is a midfield playmaker, as highlighted by his impressive Europa League performances this term.

In six European games, Travnik has scored two goals, provided two assists and has completed 149 passes (including 23 key passes), according to Who Scored.

The step up to the Premier League will be a challenge for Travnik but this could prove to be a shrewd purchase for such a cheap price.

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