Oleksandr Zinchenko is on Newcastle’s list of targets for the January window

Oleksandr Zinchenko is on Newcastle’s list of January targets as Eddie Howe attempts to keep them in the Premier League.

The Manchester City full back has played only 56 minutes in the Premier League so far this season, although was given a rare start in midfield for Wednesday night’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Rock bottom Newcastle will strengthen Howe’s squad in the winter window and are weighing up an ambitious loan offer for Zinchenko.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko is on Newcastle’s list of January targets as they look to beat the drop

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The 24-year-old has been reluctant to leave City in the past, refusing a switch to Wolves in 2018 to instead fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium.

Zinchenko went on to become an integral part of title-winning teams under Pep Guardiola but does find himself down the pecking order after Joao Cancelo made the left-back spot his own.

He has also suffered an injury and been restricted to six appearances so far this term, but the Ukraine international’s seasons at the Etihad have followed a pattern of earning a more consistent run of games after New Year and he will hope that continues this campaign.

Zinchenkocfinds himself behind Joao Cancelo (left) in the pecking order at Manchester City

City are currently searching for new signings in that area of the defence ahead of next summer

Although Guardiola’s squad is packed with talent, the manager chooses to keep numbers tight and would be loathed to see players to leave mid-season.

‘Obviously I am here to try and help the team as much as I can. I am ready to play wherever the manager will put me,’ Zinchenko said on Thursday.

‘Everyone is running for each other. Everyone is trying to do everything possible on the pitch. The reaction against PSG was unbelievable.’

City are currently searching for new signings in that area of the defence ahead of next summer.

Benjamin Mendy is due to stand trial accused of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault relating to four women on January 24.

Manchester City are focusing on defensice signings with Benjamin Mendy due to stand trial 

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