Five players Newcastle may be keeping an eye on over the international break

Ajax's Davy Klaassen in action with Celtic's Scott Allan

Newcastle United have been linked with a number of players recently, some of whom will be representing their countries over the coming break.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

With Newcastle somewhat in limbo about what division they will be playing in next season - they look to be well on course for the Premier League, but will be refusing to get carried away - Rafa Benitez may have a greater number of transfer targets than usual for this summer.

Therefore, it is no surprise that a number of the players that the Magpies have been linked with find themselves heading away for international duty, and here is a look of five of those players that Newcastle may be keeping an eye when they represent their countries...

Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)

Nicolas Pepe appears to have been one of Rafa Benitez's primary January targets with the Daily Mail reporting that an £8 million bid was launched for Angers man. Interestingly, Pepe has not scored for the Ligue 1 side since that report came out at the end of the last window, so he will be looking to prove something in the Ivory Coast's friendlies with Russia and Senegal if he gets a chance. 

Given how much Newcastle were willing to spend on him in January, you would imagine that he is still a player that the Championship side are monitoring.

Ajax striker Kasper DolbergAjax striker Kasper Dolberg

Kasper Dolberg (Denmark)

The 19-year-old is one of a number of players that are currently impressing with Eredivisie giants Ajax. According to the Chronicle, he has been watched by the Magpies in recent times, and if he can bring his form for Ajax into Denmark's match with Romania - he has scored 13 goals and contributed five assists in the top flight this term - then perhaps Newcastle's interest will intensify.

Davy Klaassen (Netherlands)

Another player being linked by the Chronicle is Dolberg's Ajax teammate Davy Klaassen. The 24-year-old has scored 12 and contributed six assists from midfield, so it would not be a surprise if Newcastle keep a keen eye on the Netherlands' World Cup qualifier with Bulgaria and friendly with Italy. The Chronicle suggests Everton are also interested, so Benitez's men may have to act quickly, hence the importance on scouting him now. 

James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland)

The Chronicle adds that James McCarthy is another player Newcastle are considering. The Everton man is part of the Republic of Ireland squad that takes on Wales in a qualifier and Iceland in a friendly. With Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy and Ciaran Clark also in the squad, Newcastle will surely already have a keen eye on the games.

MertensDries Mertens

Dries Mertens (Belgium)

The most ambitious target on the list is most definitely Belgian forward Dries Mertens, who Nieuwsblad have suggested may be attracting the Magpies' attention this summer. Mertens has been sensational for Benitez's former club Napoli this season - scoring 20 in 26 Serie A games, of which he has started just 19 - so the club may well want to monitor his performances in Belgium's games with Greece and Russia. 

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