3 midfield options that Newcastle United could consider this month; featuring 24-capped Brazilian

Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in action with Liverpool's Lucas Leiva

Newcastle United are expected to be active during this month's transfer window.

The Magpies look like missing out on midfield target Tom Cleverley, as his move to Watford edges ever closer (BBC Sport).

And with Rafa Benitez still keen on strengthening his options during the transfer window, here are three potential alternatives to Cleverley:

Pedro Obiang, West Ham:

West Ham's Pedro ObiangWest Ham's Pedro Obiang

The Hammers midfielder has proved to be the model of consistency so far this season.

It is unclear, however, whether he is considered as a first-choice starter by Slaven Bilic, with so many other midfield options available to him.

The Spaniard is a disciplined midfielder, renowned for his ability to break up play, but he also is an accomplished passer of the football.

And he would most certainly be an impressive addition to the Newcastle side, should a move come to fruition.

Etienne Capoue, Watford:

Watford's Etienne Capoue celebrates scoring their first goalWatford's Etienne Capoue 

The Hornets' midfield powerhouse has proven his true worth during his time at Vicarage Road, after he struggled to establish himself at Tottenham Hotspur.

His tenacity, and physical prowess would provide the Magpies with an alternative to Jonjo Shelvey, when he is unavailable for selection.

He could also be used as part of a double pivot with the Englishman for their tough away games.

Whilst he would be dropping down a division in joining Newcastle, he would surely be moving to a club with far greater potential.

Lucas Leiva, Liverpool:

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva during the warm up before the matchLiverpool's Lucas Leiva 

The Brazilian is still a classy operator, despite his lack of game time for the Reds this season.

It was Benitez who brought Lucas to England in 2007, when he signed him for Liverpool, so a reunion at St James' Park would seem to make sense for both the player and club.

He can also play in the centre-back position, which could prove to be vital, if the Tyneside outfit suffer any kind of injury crisis.

What are the chances of Newcastle actually signing any of those players?

Whilst January is a notoriously difficult month for any club to do business, Rafa Benitez seems steadfast in his desire to strengthen his options.

Of the three names mentioned, Lucas is probably the most likely, what with his lack of game time at Anfield, and the fact that his contract wth Liverpool is due to expire in the summer.

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