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.

By James Copley
Thursday, 09 May, 2019, 09:27
Could Mario Balotelli be on his way to Tyneside?

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.
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?
The 29-year-old Algeria international winger boasts 36 goals in 139 games for Porto and has played in the Champions League.
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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This one might be a tad unlikely... that saying, the 33-year-old Uruguayan defensive stalwart is set to be a free agent this summer and has experience playing at the top-level against the world's best attackers.
A 29-year-old Mexican midfielder with 70 international caps, Herrera would certainly bring experience and dynamism to Rafa's squad - but could the Porto man cut it in the Premier League?
Werder Bremen's captain's deal is set to expire in the summer prompting interest from a host of Premier League and European clubs. With 14 appearances for Germany, Kruse, 31, could certainly do a job.
The defender could certainly still do a job for Newcastle in the Premier League - wages may be a stumbling block, however.
The ex-Manchester United right back has three Premier League winners medals to his name and has reached the Champions League final twice, Benitez could do worse.