Midfielder Ruben Neves ‘dreams’ of a January move to Newcastle United as a replacement for Sandro Tonali during his 10-month ban.

That’s according to O Jogo, who cover the player today amid claims that Newcastle have immediately turned their focus to Neves as they plan for life without Tonali.

They say that Neves ‘dreams’ of returning to England and the Premier League after leaving Wolves for Al-Hilal in the summer transfer window.

The fact that they and Newcastle are backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund could ‘facilitate a loan’ in January as the Magpies need to source a replacement for Tonali, who will be out until next season after being banned for betting related offences.

Newcastle are already ‘preparing’ for that, and Neves would be an ideal replacement given his experience playing in the Premier League with Wolves.

He’s enjoying himself in Saudi Arabia so far with two goals and four assists in 19 games, but he continues to ‘harbour the hope’ of returning to the Premier League and this could be a ‘golden opportunity’ to do so.

How a potential deal would be structured isn’t mentioned but the move would seemingly be welcomed by Neves either way.