Newcastle United are fighting to secure Stade Rennais striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele on loan in January as the French club look to offload the 23-year-old, according to a reliable journalist.

The Guardian’s deputy news editor for sport Ed Aarons claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Magpies are only willing to take the 43-time-capped Democratic Republic of Congo on a temporary move in the upcoming winter window, with the Ligue 1 side putting him up for sale as they look to secure his permanent exit.

It comes after the Magpies were named by the Guardian as one of a handful of Premier League sides who were pursuing the 23-year-old forward, who has netted five goals in 16 league appearances this season.

A versatile forward who is able to play on either flank or in a centre forward role, he is said to be hunted by Newcastle’s fellow top flight rivals Swansea, Bournemouth and West Brom.

Football Insider verdict

The Magpies will no doubt be looking to bolster their attacking ranks after a disappointing first half of the season in front of goal, but with their limited finances they may be forced to scrape the barrel for bargains and loan moves. Mubele hardly has the goal scoring record which is going to excite the Newcastle faithful, and with Joselu and Dwight Gayle struggling up front there will be calls for a proven forward. Still, manager Rafael Benitez will have done his research and he may feel Mubele can bring something different to the squad, which can only be proven by bringing him to Tyneside. 

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