Newcastle are set to bring in Kristopher Da Graca according to reports.
Arsene Wenger is said to have made clear the defender can move on and Rafa Benitez is reported by a number of newspapers to have phoned Arsenal and asked to take the player on trial ahead of a potential move.
The central defender, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, turned 19 in January and was playing for Arsenal reserves earlier this season but has now lost his place and not started a game for the past two months.
Arsenal signed Kristopher Da Graca as a 15 year old in 2013, the youngster having emerged through the ranks of Gothenburg-based side Hisingsbacka FC.
Da Graca had also spent time on trial with Tottenham, Chelsea and Aston Villa before accepting Arsenal’s offer.
At the time the player said about the move:
“It is wonderful, it is like a dream come true. I cannot describe how excited I am about this.”
No doubt, if there is genuine interest, Rafa Benitez will have asked the Arsenal defender’s former teammate Isaac Hayden about the player.
The weekend also brought news that Newcastle United had signed yet another young player from overseas, with Victor Fernandez arriving from Spain.
The 18 year old attacker is the latest in a growing line of players from overseas that Rafa Benitez is recruiting to improve the quality at Newcastle United moving forward.
UE Cornella play in the third tier of Spanish football and they confirmed that Newcastle United had signed Victor Fernandez, with their statement the club included a photo of him (see HERE) signing on at St James Park.
No confirmation as yet from Newcastle United but Fernandez is said to have signed a three year contract and will join the Academy/Reserves set-up initially.
This seasoon, Newcastle fans have already seen Otto Huuhtanen (Finland), Mo Sangare (Liberia), Elias Sorensen (Denmark) and Juanito (Spain) join Newcastle’s Under 23s/Academy, with Tyrique Bartlett (son of former South African international Shaun Bartlett, who was at Charlton for six years) the latest (before Fernandez) to be added in late December.