Newcastle, Southampton eye move for former Liverpool hitman

Date published: Sunday 12th November 2017 12:34 - Michael Graham

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Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is hoping to return to the Premier League before he hangs up his boots, with Newcastle and Southampton his most likely destinations.

Torres has barely played for Atletico Madrid this season and the Daily Mirror reports he has let the La Liga side know he wants to leave on loan in January.

That has put Newcastle on red alert with Toon boss Rafa Benitez boasting an established relationship with the 33-year-old.

It was Benitez who brought him to England initially and brought the best from him at Liverpool, and then managed him again at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino was part of Benitez’s coaching staff at Liverpool and could also be interested in a reunion with Torres.

One stumbling block, however, may be the cost of a temporary deal, with Atletico likely to demand a hefty contribution to his wages before they sanction the deal.

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