Newcastle United news: Club eyes Premier League midfielder, Oxford pitch update

Newcastle United are yet to make a breakthrough in this month's transfer window.
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The club has been frustrated in its attempts to re-sign Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend on loan.

United manager Rafa Benitez wants to strengthen his midfield options for the second half of the Championship campaign.

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And Newcastle have been linked with a Premier League midfielder ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

The link follows yesterday's news that a move for Swansea City winger Modou Barrow had stalled.

Meanwhile, Oxford manager Michael Appleton has given an update on the Kassam Stadium pitch.

The club this week had a home fixture against Bradford City postponed minutes before kick-off.

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Finally, Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, likely to start against Oxford, has been talking about the fourth-round tie, which is a 12,500 sell-out.

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