Newcastle are eyeing up a loan swoop for Atletico Madrid forward Gelson Martins this month.

According to reports, via The Mirror, Newcastle are interested in signing Martins on loan before the end of the transfer window.

Rafa Benitez wants to add to his side as he looks to avoid relegation back down to the Championship and has identified Martins as a potential target for the club.

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Martins joined Atletico Madrid from Sporting Lisbon last summer, but has failed to nail down a regular starting spot in Diego Simeone’s team.

Fellow Premier League side Arsenal are also reportedly weighing up an offer for Martins, which could dent Newcastle’s hopes of landing the Portuguese winger.

The 23-year-old has 21 caps for Portugal at international level and made over 100 first-team appearances for Sporting during his time there.

He was a key member of the Portugal side in the World Cup in Russia last summer.