Former Everton and Bournemouth loanee joined the Blues from Porto for £3.5 million in 2013 but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club
Rafael Benitez is closing in on the loan signing of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu as he looks to make Newcastle United 's 12th addition of the summer.
Press Association report the Magpies are currently holding talks with the 24-year-old and hope to sign the Ghana international until the end of the season.
Atsu joined the Blues in a £3.5million switch from Porto in September 2013 but is yet to make a senior appearance for the club and has been loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem , Everton , Bournemouth and Malaga since his arrival.
The wideman struggled with injuries and fitness after joining the Cherries on a season loan last summer but Chelsea ended his stay in January after just two EFL Cup appearances before sending him to Spain.
Atsu would take Newcastle's total number of signings to 12 following the recent arrivals of ex-Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy and former Palermo full-back Achraf Lazaar .