Newcastle close in on former Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb
Twenty-five-year-old has not played for Schalke in nine months due to disciplinary issues
Bentaleb has not played for Schalke since April last year after being ordered to train with the reserves because of disciplinary issues, and has previously been linked with Crystal Palace.
The French-born Algeria international, who has been working his way back from a knee injury, made 66 senior appearances for Spurs before going out on loan to Schalke. The Bundesliga club then clinched a permanent deal for him in July 2017.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce is also hopeful of sealing a loan deal for Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro, whose agent was at St James’ Park on Saturday for the 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea.