“Rather have Diame back” – These Newcastle fans react to links with “undermining” target

A few Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Telegraph that the club want to sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka on loan in January.

The Toon will look to offer Xhaka a route out of the Emirates Stadium should he wish to leave the Gunners but remain in the Premier League after being stripped of the captaincy, with Steve Bruce monitoring the Switzerland international’s situation.

Bruce has pinpointed improving his central midfield options as a priority area for the January window, and feels the Arsenal man will improve the quality of our squad.

Xhaka has played 144 games for the Gunners since his £35million transfer from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, scoring 11 and assisting 17 goals across all competitions.

AC Milan are also interested in signing the 27-year-old in the winter market and are said to be the favourites for his signature, although the Magpies believe there is a chance that we could secure Xhaka’s services.

He has not featured for Arsenal since storming off the field at home to Crystal Palace last month as supporters jeered his substitution, which sparked Xhaka to cup his ears and swear at fans as they began booing his actions.

Should we try and sign Xhaka?

Yes, absolutely

Yes, absolutely

He's not an upgrade

He's not an upgrade

Xhaka is keen to move on from his time in North London following the recent events, which he stated came as a result of abuse directed at him on social media including threats to his family.

The 80-cap international is also aware of our interest, and is considering his options as he wishes to secure regular football to ensure he is a part of Switzerland’s Euro 2020 squad.

It is noted in the Telegraph’s report that Xhaka is an international teammate of Toon star defender Fabian Schar, and is claimed to have been told good things about the Magpies and Newcastle as a city.

Here are some of the reactions shared online to the Telegraph’s report…

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