Fernando Torres linked with Rafa Benitez at NUFC

Fernando Torres linked with Rafa Benitez at NUFC

Southampton and Newcastle United are both linked with a loan move for former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

British newspaper The Mirror reports that the former Spain international is ready to leave his boyhood club in January, and is targeting another spell in the Premier League.

The report suggests that the player’s representatives have alerted both Newcastle and Southampton about the striker’s availability.

Torres has fallen down the pecking order at Atletico with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro in front of him.

Los Rojiblancos also have Diego Costa joining the club in January when their transfer ban is lifted, casting further doubt over Torres’ immediate future at the club.

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Despite not playing much, Torres does not to leave Atletico permanently. The former Chelsea man wants to retire at the end of next season when his contract expires, but he wants to do that at Atletico Madrid, regardless of whether or not he is getting regular first-team football.