Newcastle United want to sign Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan in the January transfer window, according to The Northern Echo.

The Tyneside outfit have had a strong first half to the Championship campaign in 2016-17 and are hoping to power their way back to the Premier League at the first time of asking after being relegated last term.

Rafa Benitez may well look to reinforce his squad over the next month, with potential for a new face in midfield to increase the Spanish trainer’s options.

Cleverley has struggled for game time under Ronald Koeman this season, with the summer signing of Idrissa Gueye robbing the former Manchester United man of an automatic place.

A switch to the North East could well suit all parties, with the player getting the option to play every week and the Toffees avoiding the star rotting away on the sidelines.

Cleverley was being tipped as Paul Scholes’ successor at United in his younger days but the England international has not quite lived up to the hype and was forced to leave Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football.

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