Latest transfer reports from England indicate that Newcastle United are on the verge of the signing Borussia Dortmund's Spanish midfielder, Mikel Merino.

It is understood that the 21-year-old has arrived on Tyneside as he is billed to undergo a medical and complete the formalities of a season-long loan move, after which the Magpies have an obligation to buy.

Mikel only joined Dortmund from Osasuna last summer but after making eight league appearances, he became unsettled and is said to be excited at the prospect of playing under compatriot Rafa Benitez.