Newcastle United interested signing of Arsenal 27-year-old midfielder

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According to reports Newcastle United are planning to offer Granit Xhaka an escape route from Arsenal in the winter transfer window,.

Xhaka is expected to ask for a transfer away from Arsenal once the January transfer window opens after being removed of the captaincy.

The midfielder’s furious clash with Arsenal supporters at the Emirates last month has wholly crashed his career at the club just a few weeks after he was called skipper.

Arsenal boss appointed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain after axing Xhaka and the Times claim the Gunners expect the Swiss to leave in January.

Newcastle are keen to take benefit of the turmoil at Arsenal and are poised to offer Xhaka a way out of the Emirates.

Steve Bruce is a supporter of Xhaka and is sad to add some steel to his midfield as he tries to steer Newcastle to Premier League safety this campaign.

Xhaka’s £130,000-a-week salaries could be stumbling block to the agreement, but Newcastle are seeking a short-term deal that would see Arsenal pay part of his wages.

Newcastle’s current top earner is Miguel Almiron, who pockets around £80,000 a week at St James’ Park.

Xhaka is hopeless to resume playing regularly, and it is unclear if he will feature for Arsenal again after his discharge.

The 27-year-old is the captain of Switzerland and the European Championships take place next summer.