Report: Newcastle rivalling Bundesliga duo for Besiktas ace Arslan

Tolgay Arslan of Besiktas scores his penalty in the shoot out during the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Besiktas and Liverpool at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium...

Newcastle target Tolgay Arslan has been repeatedly linked with a move to one of Europe's biggest leagues.

Fenerbahce's Brazilian Forward Jose Fernando (L) vies for the ball with Besiktas' Turkish-German midfielder Tolgay Arslan (R) during the Turkish Super Lig football match between Besiktas...

Turkish outlet Haberler claim Newcastle United are interested in signing Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan in the summer, but face competition from German heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

The 27-year-old has been one of the first names on Besiktas' team sheet this season, as they look to defend their SuperLig crown. They currently sit in third and three points behind first-placed side Galatasaray.

Known for his intricate array of passing, Arslan can dictate the tempo of play at the base of a midfield as well as not being afraid to get stuck in when it comes to grinding out results.

Besiktas' midfielder from Germany Tolgay Arslan (R) vies with Napoli's midfielder from Spain Jose Maria Callejon during the UEFA Champions League football match SSC Napoli vs Besiktas on...

The German-born midfielder has represented both Turkey and Germany at youth level, featuring for both Under-21 side, but is yet to make a senior appearance for either country. He even featured in the Champions League knockout stages this season.

The Toon already boast an array of central midfielders in Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden, with Henri Saivet currently on loan in the SuperLig with Sivasspor. 

But adding a player of Arslan's calibre would surely see him become the Toon's first-choice central midfielder. Rafa Benitez has a fight on his hands, though, with Dortmund and Leverkusen likely to offer European football.

Does Hayden have a future?

Newcastle United's Enlish midfielder Isaac Hayden (L) vies with Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill (C) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and...

Former Arsenal midfielder Hayden, 22, has dropped to fourth choice in the pecking order as the form of Diame continues to see him become more and more important in the fight against relegation.

If the Toon do indeed sign another central midfielder, and Benitez continues to use a 4-2-3-1 system, then surely Hayden will be made surplus to requirements in the summer.

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