By Russell Edge

2nd Dec, 2017 | 6:21pm

Newcastle powerhouse demands January exit, eyes return to former side - report

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is hoping to secure a loan move to former side Anderlecht during the January transfer window, according to a report.

Belgian newspaper Het Nieiewsblad claim on their website that the powerhouse of a forward is looking to secure more game time in the second half of the season ahead of Serbia’s World Cup campaign next summer.

He has made just five league appearances for Newcastle this season, not one coming in the starting XI, and is said to be concerned about his place in his country’s squad if he is not playing regular football.

As such, it is reported that the 23-year-old has demanded at least a loan exit in January and is hoping that a deal with Anderlecht, who he has kept in contact with since his move to Tyneside back in 2015, can be arranged.

It is said a loan move may be difficult considering the demands from the Magpies, while Anderlecht themselves are reportedly more interested in Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye.

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The transfer saga over Mitrovic threatens to continue for as long as Newcastle ponder over what to do with the Serbian, and it may take the player himself requesting a move before anything comes about. A loan move offers the Magpies very little unless there is a confirmed transfer deal at the end, or they are receiving a fee for sending him out. The striker really cannot afford to be waiting around to see what Rafael Benitez’s plans are for him, but they do not seem to be in the starting XI after his limited appearances. An exit seems more and more inevitable as January edges closer.

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