Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb which will see him return to the Premier League for the first time since the summer of 2017 – and Tottenham Hotspur fans have reacted on Twitter.
The Guardian have claimed that 25-year-old midfielder Bentaleb had a medical at Newcastle on Monday afternoon and an announcement is expected sooner rather than later. The Algeria international is surplus to requirements at Schalke.
Indeed, under ex-Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner, Bentaleb has failed to make a single appearance this season. That is despite scoring 19 goals and creating nine more in 97 appearances since his £17.8million move from Tottenham (TalkSPORT).
Now, he is set to provide cover in the middle of the park at Newcastle – with Steve Bruce’s side struggling with a huge injury list this season. Right now, following injuries to Jetro Willems and Matt Ritchie, Newcastle have nine players on the sidelines.
Bentaleb will now face competition from the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, the Longstaff brothers and Ki Sung-yueng, and if – as expected – he will sign soon, he could make his debut against Oxford United on Saturday in the FA Cup.
At Spurs, Bentaleb clocked up 66 appearances before his move to Schalke. Though he was hardly unremarkable at Tottenham, many Spurs supporters have reacted on Twitter to the news that he is moving to Newcastle.
Bentaleb to Newcastle, will be filling him for the remainder of the season. A player we should never got rid of only for Poch to not like his attitude, some times you need a player like that in the squad & he’s not a bad CDM either! #THFC #COYS
— Graham O'Brien (@GrahamScutzy) January 20, 2020
Bentaleb is going to Newcastle where he’ll be pretty good before a £45mil move to Liverpool in 2022.
— Hotspur Gent (@Gentleman_THFC) January 20, 2020
— Joe Orford (@Joe_Orford) January 20, 2020
— Granty Elliott Sacks (@Grantyboiiiii) January 20, 2020
Good player. Good signing for @NUFC
— Hotspur Lane (@HotspurLane) January 20, 2020
Good player, improved attitude, will be class
— Chase (@chasethfc) January 20, 2020
Was a very good tidy player for a while, good luck to him.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) January 20, 2020
Good player. Will do well at Newcastle.
— Joe #EnicOUT (@JoeGTHFC) January 20, 2020