Manchester United's Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United have held internal discussions over a move to sign Manchester United left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.
The Magpies are continuing to overhaul their squad, as having already signed Matz Sels, Jesus Gamez, Grant Hanley, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, they have now activated the release clauses of Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark and Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame, according to The Chronicle.
However, the Daily Mail claim that Benitez is still keen to add another winger, striker and even another left back, with plenty of additions still wanted at St. James' Park.
The report adds that discussions have been held internally about a move for Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to add another option at left back - an area which has been something of an issue in recent years for the Magpies.
The Manchester Evening News reported last week that Borthwick-Jackson, who made ten Premier League appearances, is available for loan, with the Red Devils keen to get the defender some first-team football during the coming season.
Newcastle have had problems at left back over the years, and whilst Paul Dummett is an option for Rafael Benitez, Massadio Haidara has struggled with injuries since signing in January 2013.
Borthwick-Jackson would give Benitez a natural left back, whilst his superb crossing ability would be the perfect supply for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.
Other clubs may well be keen on Borthwick-Jackson, but with Newcastle set to mount a promotion push, playing first-team football at St. James' Park could be appealing for both the player and Manchester United, who will want to choose Borthwick-Jackson's loan destination very careful.
It seems that Newcastle have yet to make a formal approach for the 19-year-old, but with the start of their season coming on Friday, the Magpies may make their move in the coming days.
Would you like to see Newcastle sign Borthwick-Jackson?