Newcastle United briefing: Kenedy's first class arrival on Tyneside, Javier Hernandez 'asks' for move

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Kenedy is set to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Newcastle United.

The Chelsea winger was photographed leaving Newcastle Central Station last night.

And Kenedy was at the club's training ground this morning ahead of a medical.

The 21-year-old's move should be confirmed later today ahead of Sunday's FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

United manager Rafa Benitez also wants to sign a striker and a goalkeeper in this month's transfer window.

We have news of a potential target as well as an interview with midfielder Mikel Merino, who's close to full fitness after recovering from the "worst" injury of his career.

Here's your daily briefing:

Medical

Most news signings arrive by air. Kenedy, however, let the train take the strain.

The Brazilian posted a photograph on Instagram of himself in a first class seat en route to Tyneside.

Kenedy

Kenedy

Kenedy had been a target for Newcastle last summer, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte blocked the proposed loan.

However, Conte has allowed the the Brazilian to sign for United on a half-season loan now left-back Emerson Palmieri has agreed a four-year deal with the Premier League champions.

And Kenedy's move should be completed today.

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Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

United are interesting in Liverpool's Danny Ings and Leicester City's Islam Slimani.

Could West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez also be a target?

Benitez, we know, is an admirer of the 29-year-old, who spent five years at Manchester United earlier in his career.

Eduardo Hernandez, Hernandez's agent, the Mexico international has asked for a move.

"There are a number of clubs interested in his services, he's a player everyone knows and is incredibly professional," he told FOX Sports.

"Our primary focus is a club in which (Chicharito) can play the most games possible.

Mikel Merino

Mikel Merino

"Javier has asked personally for it. He's commented, stated and demanded that we look for a club that really needs a player with his characteristics, because what he wants is to play and play and play."

Hernandez joined West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen for £16million last summer.

Deal

United owner Mike Ashley has made a surprise contract offer this month – to Benitez.

Ashley – who walked away from talks with would-be buyer Amanda Staveley last week – has sounded out Benitez about a new deal.

Their relationship has become strained over the past 12 months, so what was Benitez's response?

Back pain

Merino returned from a back injury in late November – but he's still not 100% fit.

The 21-year-old, however, hopes to be back to his best in the coming weeks.

"Sometimes it’s hard to play with these kind of injuries, because you feel like you can do 100%, but you’re doing 50%, and nobody knows it," said Merino. "It’s hard, but you have to carry on."

Read our full interview with Merino here.