Newcastle United transfer news: Rafa Benitez 'handed boost' in pursuit of 45-cap international

Newcastle United have been linked with Markus Henriksen
Newcastle United have been linked with Markus Henriksen

While the January transfer window may have only just closed, the rumour mill has already started turning ahead of a busy summer.

And reports from Norway suggest that Newcastle United are keen on a deal for Hull City midfielder Markus Henriksen - but will face competition in their pursuit to land the experienced Norwegian international.

News outlet VG claim that the Magpies, along with Leicester City and Bordeaux, are keen on a deal for the 26-year-old.

Henriksen was handed the captain's armband at Hull this campaign having impressed for the Tigers since joining from AZ Alkmaar in 2017.

Such impressive form has naturally attracted interest - and the chasing back have been handed a boost in their chase of the attacking midfielder.

Fresh reports from the Norwegian outlet suggest that Henriksen is unlikely to sign a new deal on Humberside after his current one expires at the end of this season - allowing him to move on a free transfer.

That could provide a boost for Rafa Benitez should he indeed be keen to land the former Rosenborg ace.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are busy settling into their Spanish surroundings as they begin a week-long training camp overseas.

The Magpies will take on CSKA Moscow on Saturday afternoon as Benitez looks to make the most of a free weekend following the club's exit from the FA Cup.