By Will Butcher

Newcastle striker Aleksander Mitrovic is facing the axe as manager Rafa Benitez continues to give his squad a shake-up, according to a report.

The Magpies front man was one of the team’s shining lights towards the end of last season as they narrowly failed in their bid to escape Premier League relegation.

But the Mirror claims Benitez is ready to cash in on the Serbia international a year after his £13million move to the club.

It is said that Benitez is unable to place his trust in Mitrovic, who is currently serving a four-match suspension and picked up two red cards last season.

Mitrovic, 21, scored nine Premier League goals for Newcastle and finished as the North East side’s top scorer last season, making a total of 39 appearances in all competitions.

Benitez has subsequently brought in versatile forward Dwight Gayle for around £10million from Crystal Palace after allowing Papiss Cisse to move to China.

Former Real Madrid manager Benitez also has Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong at his disposal.

Benitez is looking to sell the former Anderlecht striker to give himself more manoeuvrability in the transfer market, as he looks to continue his St. James’ Park revolution.

The 56-year-old has already brought in eight new faces on Tyneside, spending almost £50million in the process. Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark have all joined in multi-million pound deal.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Moussa Sissoko has tweeted a story about his future.