Filip Djuricic linked with a move to Newcastle: Five Facts

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Newcastle United have been linked to Benfica's talented playmaker Filip Djuricic. Learn more about the Serbian midfielder.

Newcastle United have languished following the departure of Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window and since the turn of the year the Toon have won only four or their 16 Premier League fixtures.

With Alan Pardew’s side currently experiencing a run of six defeats from seven matches, it’s only natural that those involved with the club are already readying themselves for the summer transfer window.

According to the Mirror, Newcastle already have their sights firmly set on Benfica’s Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic.

Here are five facts about the creative midfielder:

1) Djuricic was born in Obrenovac, in the old Yugoslavia, and started his career at local club Radnicki Obrenovac, before moving to the Eredivisie with Heerenveen at just 18 years of age. In the Dutch League he clocked up 28 assists and 26 goals in 111 matches.

2) He moved to Benfica last summer for a fee believed to be around €6 million. However, he hasn’t been the greatest success in Portugal, partly due to differences of opinion with the club’s coach. Consequently, the midfielder hasn’t started a league match since November.

3) He made his debut for the Serbian national team on 29 February 2012 in a friendly match against Cyprus. He scored his first goal for his country's senior side against Wales in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. He has since accumulated 15 caps, scoring on four occasions.

4) He is a perfect match for the criteria of player Newcastle are attempting to attract. At just 22 years of age he has a fantastic self-assurance about him. He is extremely skilful, whilst boasting the ability to use either his left or right foot with confidence.

5) Prior to his move from Heerenveen, Djuricic had been highly coveted by the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Lazio, Arsenal, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. He has been regarded as one of Serbia's finest talents, and he was even nicknamed the 'Balkan Cruyff' early in his career.

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