Newcastle United should forget about their pursuit of Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen and throw all their efforts into capturing the signing of Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye before the end of January.
The Magpies have been heavily linked with bolstering their forward line this month after struggling in front of goal during the first half of the season, with just 22 goals in 24 Premier League outings.
Among their top targets has been Danish international Jorgensen, with the 27-year-old reportedly keen on securing a move to Tyneside and Newcastle said to be open to splashing £20million on his signing.
However his nine goals in 19 appearances, including seven in 14 league outings, do not suggest that he is the prolific forward the club need to fire them to Premier League safety, especially considering he would be coming from the Eredivisie, a league where strikers have starred before being utter flops on a move to England.
Instead the Magpies should ensure all their attention is on securing Red Star’s Boakye, after HITC reported that the club were in a Premier League hunt for his signature before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Netting at over a goal-a-game in Russia’s top flight with 15 goals in 14 outings, and a total of 23 strikes in 29 outings this season, the Ghanaian forward is in the form of his life – exactly what Newcastle need right now.
While there is undoubtedly a disparity between the Russian and English Premier Leagues, confidence is crucial to a striker, and the 24-year-old will be full of belief after his outstanding campaign so far.
Powerful, pacey and with an evident eye for goal, he has all the attributes to succeed in England’s top flight, and could well be the man to fire the Magpies to safety this season.
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