By David Woods

1st Mar, 2018 | 3:39pm

Newcastle must swoop for 17-goal hitman who wants PL move after multiple bids reportedly rejected

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There’s been a fascinating transfer story brewing north of the border for the past couple of months, with resolution finally reached on Thursday.

And it’s one that Rafa Benitez might well be paying close attention to.

The Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been the subject of five reported bids from Chinese side Beijing Rehnes, with the last one being for £9.5million.

Incredibly, Rangers turned them all down, despite only signing him for £1million at the start of the season.

Most pundits would have said that Rangers would have snapped the Chinese club’s hand off and taken the money, especially with continued rumours about financial problems.

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However, Rangers seem to have put those to bed with this news, and with the Chinese transfer window shutting on February 28 Morelos is set to stay at Rangers until the end of the season.

And then? Well, the biggest clue has come from the player himself who has said he wants to play in the Premier League next season.

He’s still only 21-years-old and harbours big ambitions.

He’s also hoping to make the World Cup finals in the summer, although he’s yet to make a senior appearance for Colombia.

However, his form has been stunning this season, with 17 goals in 33 games.

Yes, it’s Scotland but he’s shown an impressive talent for playing in a hugely physical league and finding the net on a regular basis.

If he carries on knocking the goals in then Premier League clubs could well come calling and if he was still available for around the £10million mark he could be the answer to Newcastle’s problems.

Goals have been a huge issue this season. Islam Slimani – if he ever does play for Newcastle – is only a temporary solution, and with takeover talks nowhere Benitez will likely still have a small budget to play with in the summer.

At £10million, Morelos could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer, but it’s likely he’ll be on a lot of club’s radars after his high-profile few weeks.

Benitez should make sure that he’s front of the queue – if he can keep his Newcastle side in the Premier league that is.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez details Newcastle stance on future of £35,000-a-week star

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