Christian Atsu Newcastle United set to make Ghanaian their 12th summer signing

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

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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.

Read more: Newcastle eye loan move for Ghana winger

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.

Read more: Middlesbrough boss remains coy over Aston Villa target

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 .



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