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28th Aug, 2017 | 11:54am

Winner named in race for international striker Newcastle hoped to sign this week - report

By Harvey Byrne

French Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco have won the race for Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic, according to a report.

The Daily Mail have claimed on their website that Newcastle have been beaten to the 27-year-old Montenegro captain with Rafa Benitez having missed out on his signature for a second time.

The report states that the experienced Spanish senior man was hoping to complete a deal for Jovetic in the next few days, but that he is now on the verge of a £10million move to Monaco, who are looking to replace young starlet Kylian Mbappe.

It is stated that Benitez had also previously tried to bring Jovetic to Liverpool in the summer of 2009 when a deal was all but agreed, until Reds’ owners blocked the transfer due to concerns over the cost.

Jovetic has also previously played in England with Manchester City between 2013 and 2016, which saw him bag 11 goals and six assists in 44 matches in total, but it now looks like he won’t be making his return.

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Football Insider verdict:

This will come as a big blow to both Newcastle and Benitez, as Jovetic is a very talented player and would surely have helped the club move up a level with his individual genius. However, Monaco are a big draw after last season’s success alongside Champions League football and for once Mike Ashley can not be blamed for this deal not going through. Now, with just three days remaining until the transfer deadline Newcastle must move on to new targets soon, or risk suffering a disappointing campaign.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are in a four-club chase for this striker from Premier League giants.

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