Out-of-favour Chelsea wide man Kenedy will complete his loan move to Newcastle, according to reports from the Telegraph.
The Brazilian has been widely expected to make the move to St James’ Park this January, but the deal has been held as Chelsea look to complete their own transfer business.
Antonio Conte wanted to keep the wide man at the club for cover, but the move to let Kenedy leave the club could suggest the Blues are close to signing his replacement.
Newcastle United are hoping to complete the signing of Chelsea winger Kenedy next week and retain an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings as manager Rafa Benitez continues to push owner Mike Ashley to allow him to strengthen the squad.
A deal for Kenedy has effectively been in place since the summer, but Newcastle have been waiting for Chelsea to bring in a replacement and Benitez suspects the arrival of Everton forward Ross Barkley will enable the transfer to go ahead in the coming days.
Kenedy can play as an attacking left back or a more traditional winger and Benitez hopes the Brazilian will be the first of three or four new faces to arrive, although he may have to move players out with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Henri Saivet and Jack Colback available to buy this month.