Newcastle United have entered talks with West Bromwich Albion over a January deal for out-of-favour striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Baggies boss Alan Pardew, who spent four years as Newcastle manager, is keen to bring in a new forward in January, with his side only managing 13 goals so far this season.
It is said that discussions have been held between the two clubs regarding the Serbian international, with the Magpies willing to let the 23-year-old leave next month.
The Mail report that Newcastle are keen to bring in another striker themselves, and are assessing several options amid Mitrovic’s probable exit.
The Serbian forward has struggled for game time this season, only managing seven appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals in that time.
Both clubs currently lie in the Premier League relegation zone, with 19th-placed West Brom sitting one point below Newcastle who are in 18th.
Football Insider verdict:
It looks rather likely that Mitrovic will seal an exit from St. James’ Park in January, bringing a sad end to what has been a rather successful stint at the club. The Serbian’s aggressive play and goalscoring record has made him a fan favourite on Tyneside, but he has not managed to force his way into Rafa Benitez’s plans this season, despite the club’s other striking options failing to fire. Whether Newcastle would be willing to let him go to a relegation rival is unknown, but it would seem a strange move considering the fact that Mitrovic is almost certainly coveted abroad.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club have been handed a boost after news that Liverpool will sanction an exit for this forward in January.