​Newcastle are interested in bringing demoted former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka to the club on loan during the January transfer window.

Xhaka has not made an appearance for the Gunners since being stripped of the club captaincy after he reacted strongly to being ironically cheered as he was substituted against Crystal Palace. 

After seeing his number go up from the fourth official, the Switzerland international threw his hands up in the air in anguish and goaded the home fans by sarcastically applauding them, telling them to 'f**k off', removing his shirt and storming off down the tunnel.

This resulted in ​Unai Emery stripping Xhaka of the captaincy and the ​Arsenal boss also recently admitted that he ​was not sure if the 27-year-old would play for the club again.

Since the incident, the former Gunners skipper has been strongly linked with a move away from north London. Milan have emerged as the early favourites to secure his signature but there are also reports that Arsenal will offer Xhaka out to a number of Bundesliga clubs.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce is eager to strengthen his squad and has earmarked Xhaka as a potential signing.

The 27-year-old is apparently aware of Newcastle's interest in him due to the fact that fellow Swiss international Fabian Schar is a regular in Bruce's side.

According to the report, Schar has spoken fondly about the club and the city and these words may convince Xhaka to make the move to Tyneside. 

The report also claims Newcastle have cash to spend during the upcoming window, but there's an acknowledgment that permanent deals are harder to pull off in January and this makes a loan deal until the end of the season more likely than a permanent switch. 

As well as looking to bolster their ranks, ​Newcastle are also interested in trimming their squad in January.

Granit Xhaka

The club are said to be keen to get Jack Colback and Henri Saivet off the books as both of them were left out of the Magpies' ​Premier League squad and thus are unable to take part in any league games. 

This may be challenging as the pair are each on wages of around £50,000-a-week and Newcastle may struggle to attract much interest from other clubs.