Zaniolo in demand by Premier League

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Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is reportedly being looked at by Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez after several good performances.

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is reportedly being looked at by Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez after several good performances.

The 19-year-old has been in superb form this season after joining Roma as part of the deal which took Radja Nainggolan to Inter Milan.

He scored in both games of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Porto although they could not progress to the quarter-finals, with Eusebio di Francesco ultimately paying the price by losing his job.

However, despite their average season, Zaniolo has been one of the highlights, making his debut for the Italy Under-21 side at the end of last year.

Now, Rafa Benitez is reportedly eyeing the midfielder for a summer switch to St James’ Park.

There has been a lot more positivity at the club in recent months and Newcastle are thought to be in the market for central midfielders, with uncertainty looming over the futures of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.

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