Liverpool youngster a target for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez steps up winger search home and abroad

Sheyi Ojo, left
Sheyi Ojo, left

Rafa Benitez could make a second attempt to sign Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo on loan.

The Newcastle boss has a long-standing interest in the 19-year-old prospect, and was linked with a move for him in January.

And Benitez will monitor the player’s availability during the summer as he looks to add more width to his squad before the season starts.

The Magpies chief has already signed Christian Atsu on a permanent deal, but with Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi set to move on after their contracts expire, and Rolando Aarons’ injury-hit record, Benitez needs more cover.

Ojo is highly-rated at Anfield, where Benitez still has a number of contacts from his days there as a Champions League-winning manager. However, the England youth international is just one of a handful of names linked with Newcastle, both home and abroad, as Benitez steps up his search for reinforcements ahead of their return to the Premier League.

Andros Townsend remains a player Benitez would like to see back on Tyneside.