Siem de Jong's ready to reluctantly give up on his Newcastle United career – and return to Ajax.
The forward, also a reported target for Reading, had hoped to finally prove himself at the club this season.
De Jong, signed from Ajax in 2014, had two injury-interrupted years at St James's Park before being loaned out to PSV Eindhoven last season.
Speaking last month, the 28-year-old said: “I still feel like I have a lot to give.
“I’m 28. I’m at a good age, and I feel better than I ever was, but I need to play and prove myself. I need to get back to playing 40 games a year.
“I feel I can back to same level I was at when I was 24. I feel good, but I need to build it up. You don’t get a lot of time in football to do that. If I stay here and don’t get minutes, then it won’t help me and it won’t help the club.
“I will talk to the manager because I want to prove myself at Newcastle. I still feel I haven’t started here. It bothers me that I haven’t been able to do that. I wish it was different, but I can’t change that now.
“I’m disappointed about my years here until now. I want it to be a different story.”
However, de Jong, under contract at the club until 2020, is not in Benitez's plans at United.
And Ajax are in talks over a move for the Holland international, whose brother Luuk had a loan spell at Newcastle in the 2013-14 season.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim that de Jong spoke to Ajax manager Marcel Keizer last week.
De Jong did not feature in United's opening two Premier League games.