Newcastle 'approaching' agreement over full-back transfer

Achraf Lazaar is 'approaching' the exit door at Newcastle United, according to reports.

Achraf Lazaar is 'approaching' the exit door at Newcastle United
Achraf Lazaar is 'approaching' the exit door at Newcastle United

The full-back has been a peripheral figure at St James's Park this season having been deemed surplus to requirements by Rafa Benitez.

Lazaar has spent the majority of the campaign training with the club's under-23 side after finding first-team opportunities severely limited.

The 26-year-old joined the Magpies in 2016 from Palermo but has struggled to make an impact on Tyneside.

He spent last season with Serie A side Benevento and - according to reports from Italy - could now be set for a return to the country.

Genoa have previously been credited with an interest in the Moroccan international and Tutto Mercato Web now claim that Frosinone have joined the race for a deal.

They claim that an agreement over a deal is 'approaching' and should be finalised during the January transfer window.

The departure of Lazaar would only serve to emphasise Benitez's lack of options in the full-back areas, with reinforcements at the back thought to be a priority in the January window.