By Russell Edge

31st Oct, 2017 | 2:19pm

Former attacking star named as one of quartet of Newcastle targets by journalist

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United missed out on a quartet of attacking targets over the summer transfer window for a variety of reasons, according to a reliable journalist.

Mark Douglas, the Newcastle United editor for the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies had lined up moves for Stevan Jovetic, Lucas Perez, Tammy Abraham and Andy Carroll.

However varying factors saw them miss out on all four of the strikers, with both the Inter Milan and Arsenal men due to financial reasoning, while Chelsea sent Abraham on loan to Swansea over St James’ Park.

Carroll, who scored 33 goals in 90 appearances for Newcastle after breaking through the youth ranks on Tyneside, is still at West Ham and but is yet to score in six appearances this season.

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Newcastle were quite evidently looking for a striker over the summer but will have been bitterly disappointed to have missed out on all four of their targets. It suggests that Joselu, who did come through the door at St James’ Park from Premier League rivals Stoke, could have been their fourth or fifth target, which is worrying for Benitez and the Magpies looking forward. The Spanish striker has not been the goal scorer the club have needed this season and it is one position they will be desperate to strengthen, but it could take some work if they are to snap up anyone with a proven record. Still, the targets are all exciting and it shows Benitez has ambition for the club, even if Mike Ashley does not.

In other Newcastle United news, Rafa Benitez has delivered a worrying update on the future of this star player.

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