The Magpies made a mid-season move for Elneny, according to the Egyptian international's agent Alan Nazmy.
Nazmy said: “Mohamed Elneny doesn't follow social media directly, but sometimes someone from his circle would send him news about him or criticism.
“The player's contract expires at the end of the current season, and Arteta rejected all offers that came for Elneny and asked that him to stay with the team."
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