Whilst talks are still ongoing surrounding Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle United, as well as a potential takeover on the cards, the club still has plenty of transfer business to do.

One major concern for the Magpies this summer is the departure of Mohamed Diame on a free transfer, leaving a hole in the club’s midfield options which, arguably, already need bolstering.

According to Calciomercato.it, cited by Sport Witness, Newcastle are one of two clubs showing concrete interest in Udinese midfielder Seko Fofana.

The 24-year-old played a crucial role for the Serie A side this season, contributing to six goals in 31 league appearances which has attracted plenty of interest in his services.

With Diame leaving and Jonjo Shelvey’s future at the club raising plenty of question marks, it’s clear that Newcastle do need at least one new central midfield player if they are to kick on next season.

Sean Longstaff was a shining light this season before his unfortunate injury and will only improve the team, but the squad is thin as it is before any departures.

Udinese are said to value the former Manchester City and Fulham star at just £15million, so a move for the 24-year-old could prove to be relatively risk-free and it’s a move I believe the club should launch.

As an Ivory Coast international, Fofana may be a shrewd signing by the Tyneside outfit but if this proposed takeover takes place, there could be more money available to target higher-profile players.

Alternative midfielders Newcastle should target this summer