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Newcastle should rekindle interest in Milan Badelj

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Newcastle should rekindle interest in Milan Badelj

Newcastle United are currently struggling for options in midfield.

The Magpies are without Ki Sung-yueng, who is on Asia Cup duty with South Korea.

Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame are both struggling with injuries and Isaac Hayden reportedly wants to leave the club this month.

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Youngster Sean Longstaff has recently been promoted to the first-team, and appears to be the only sure-fire starter for the club in central midfield at present.

Even when Ki, Shelvey and Diame all return, Newcastle will still be short of central midfield options, and rafa Benitez will need to dip into the transfer market.

Benitez must consider Badelj move

Benitez should think about rekindling his interest in Lazio midfielder Milan Badelj.

 

The Magpies were linked with the midfielder last summer following the World Cup (The Mirror).

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The Croatian, who reached the final of the tournament after appearing three times, was a free agent at the time after his deal with Fiorentina expired, but he ended up signing for Lazio.

Badelj has played 11 games for the Italian outfit in Serie A, only seven of which have been starts.

He has strong competition in the form of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Marco Parolo and Luis Alberto and might well be regretting his move.

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At 29 and not a regular starter, Badelj would likely be inexpensive for Newcastle which is surely appealing, and would be a  solid option to anchor the midfield.

He has strong defensive discipline and is also very tidy in possession, as evidenced by his 87% pass completion rate (WhoScored).

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