Date: 22nd January 2020 at 7:35am
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The deal to bring to looks to be a bargain considering his previous experience in the . Indeed, while the Algerian has struggled to impose himself under David Wanger at Schalke for months, he has amassed 46 appearances in the Premier League and further 6 in the Champions League, with 73 in the – according to Transfermarkt

According to Sky Sports’ – speaking before the deal was officially confirmed – the will pay just £850k for his services until the end of the campaign and Sky in Germany claim there is the option to make a move permanent for £8.5m in the summer.

While the Magpies are believed to be paying his wages, this has to be considered a relative coup. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not as if they’ve spent an awful lot and – if it does – it may prove to be value for money. After all, Bentaleb – during his last full season of action (2018/19) – made more interceptions, tackles and blocks than Jonjo Shelvey has this time around, per WhoScored.

With that in mind and given the reported fee, here’s a look at how Toon fans reacted.


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