Report: Newcastle target 23-year-old Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic

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Reports suggest Newcastle are targeting Benfica's Filip Djuricic.

According to ESPN FC, Newcastle United are considering a move for Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic.

The 23-year-old finds himself down the pecking order at the Portuguese club, who are open to the idea of either loaning him out or selling him on a permanent basis.

Djuricic spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton, but the Saints decided not to make the move permanent, despite a number of promising cameos for the St. Mary's outfit.

Reports suggest that the Magpies have long held an interest in the Serbia international, and considered a move before he went to Southampton.

Having made nine league appearances for Southampton last term, six of which came as a substitute, the 23-year-old fashioned five chances for his team-mates, while completing 11 take ons and 76% of his total attempted passes.

While the statistics do not highlight the player in the most promising of lights, if given a regular starting place at Newcastle, he would prove a welcome addition to Steve McClaren's side. 

The former England manager is looking to add some creativity to his midfield and is an admirer of the Serb, having faced him during his time as a manager in the Netherlands with Twente.

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