Patrick Hermann is the latest name thrown up as a claimed target for Newcastle United.
The right sided attacking midfielder/winger turns 28 in February and is due to be out of contract in the summer.
Whilst there appears little or no action at St James Park in terms of the takeover or pursuing Rafa’s preferred signings, there has been a rash of media claims linking Newcastle United with players at the more bargain end of things.
Having spent all of his career at Borussia Monchengladbach, the player now looks all but sure to leave, with Transfer Market Web reporting that both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace ave approached the Bundesliga club to ask about his availability.
Patrick Hermann has only started three Bundesliga games this season, plus six sub appearances, but has still contributed two goals and two assists.
For Borussia Monchengladbach, they are up in third at the minute and no doubt will be waiting to see whether anybody offers a decent fee to convince them to bank money rather than keep him as back up for the rest of the season.
His club career peaked in the 2014/15 season with 11 league goals and four assists in only 26 starts (plus six as a sub), which helped him get his two caps for Germany in June 2015.
However, it has been downhill since then as he has been used mainly as a squad player these past three and a half years, making only 29 Bundesliga starts and named on the bench 56 times.
He broke into the Borussia Monchengladbach team as a 20 year old and was a first team regular for four seasons, before the downgrade.
After that 2014./15 season when he scored 11 and got four assists, the next three and a half years have seen just six league goals and five assists.
Pace is his big asset which is something Newcastle have little of in attacking positions.
As with all of these reports you have to be sceptical as to any of the deals happening but no doubt Rafa Benitez is looking at a wide range of potential targets, hoping that money will be made available. With all kinds of options looked at, from (relatively) big money to cheap and cheerful punts on players who may have lost their way elsewhere.