Kenedy to undergo Newcastle medical ahead of loan from Chelsea
By Keith Downie
Last Updated: 23/01/18 7:54pm
Kenedy will undergo a medical with Newcastle on Tuesday ahead of a loan move from Chelsea for the rest of the season.
The Brazilian, who can play at both left-back and on the wing, arrived on Tyneside on Monday night and is set to become the Magpies' first signing of the January window.
Manager Rafael Benitez has been keen to strengthen his squad this month but has been uncertain of his funds due to talks over a potential sale of the club, which have ended for the time being.
Sky Sports News understands Newcastle have also been considering Crystal Palace's Pape Souare for the left-back position, while there have been reports of interest in Bristol City's Joe Bryan.
But they are set to sign the 21-year-old Kenedy, who has struggled to break into Chelsea's first-team.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte confirmed on Wednesday that Kenedy was heading north.
"Yes, I think he is going on loan to Newcastle," said Conte.
"We are talking about a young player with great potential. At this moment in his career, he needs to play regularly.
"I think to go to Newcastle is a great challenge for him and a good way for the club.
"We used the same way for [Andreas] Christensen and now he is a Chelsea player, always in the starting 11.
"This is a good opportunity for him [Kenedy] but, at the same time, he must be ready to fight to play for Newcastle."
Kenedy made 14 Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 season after joining from Fluminense, but under Conte has featured just once in the league over the past two campaigns.
Kenedy spent the first half of last season on loan at Watford but was recalled in January 2017 after making just a single appearance.