Could Mario Balotelli be on his way to Tyneside?

Here are the NINE European free agents Newcastle United could sign in the summer to bolster their Premier League squad

The Magpies could be looking at European free agents as Rafa Benitez looks to cement Newcastle's Premier League status once more - and some of these players, due to be out of contract in the summer, could attract his attention.

Scroll down the page and click next to see the selection of quality European talent Newcastle could sign.

Why always him? The controversial former Manchester City and Liverpool striker's contract is up in the summer after scoring eight goals in 12 Ligue 1 matches this season.

1. Mario Balotelli | FW | Marseille

Why always him? The controversial former Manchester City and Liverpool striker's contract is up in the summer after scoring eight goals in 12 Ligue 1 matches this season.
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Ben Arfa inspired Rennes to a historic French Cup victory over Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain this season and used to play for Newcastle - could a return be on the cards?

2. Hatem Ben Arfa | MF | Rennes

Ben Arfa inspired Rennes to a historic French Cup victory over Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain this season and used to play for Newcastle - could a return be on the cards?
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The 29-year-old Algeria international winger boasts 36 goals in 139 games for Porto and has played in the Champions League.

3. Yacine Brahimi | FW | Porto

The 29-year-old Algeria international winger boasts 36 goals in 139 games for Porto and has played in the Champions League.
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Dzagoev has been at CSKA Moscow since 2008 amassing 52 goals in 237 appearances and has also netted nine times in 59 caps form his native Russia.

4. lan Dzagoev | MF | CSKA Moscow

Dzagoev has been at CSKA Moscow since 2008 amassing 52 goals in 237 appearances and has also netted nine times in 59 caps form his native Russia.
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