Manager Rafa Benitez's contract with the club expires at the end of the season and Newcastle will be dealt a massive blow if they fail to convince him to sign a new deal at the club.
Benitez has reportedly made it clear that he will only sign a new deal if Newcastle owner Mike Ashley backs him in the upcoming summer transfer window.
However, Newcastle have been linked with a move for young Mehdi Zerkane who will be available on a free transfer in the summer.
Sanctioning a move for a free agent will be an easy decision for Mike Ashley and if that can play a part in convincing Benitez to stay, Newcastle will be in good hands for the foreseeable future.
Zerkane is yet to make his senior debut for Monaco in the Ligue 1 but he has shown real promise in the UEFA Youth League this season.
The 19-year-old right winger has scored two and has assisted another in six starts in the competition this season and he would be a fine fit under a manager like Benitez at Newcastle next season.
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