Newcastle give emphatic response to multiple bids for attacker - report
By Danny Wright
Newcastle have emphatically rejected multiple loan bids for Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claims that Serie A sides Hellas Verona and Cagliari have had approaches rebuffed by the Magpies as the Premier League side looks to either sell the 22-year-old on a permanent deal, or on a temporary basis which could eventually see the Tynesiders cash in on him for good.
It is understood that the Magpies see no benefit in sending Mitrovic out on loan with Rafa Benitez not having too many strikers at his disposal in the first-team.
Dwight Gayle and summer signing Joselu are most likely to be Benitez’s first choice forwards this season after Serbian international Mitrovic struggled to find the net in the Championship last term.
The former Anderlecht attacker scored in his first appearance of the season this week when he hit the target in the extra time Carabao Cup loss to Nottingham Forest, however he is yet to appear off the bench in the Premier League.
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Football Insider Verdict
Although the majority of Newcastle likes like Mitrovic, it’s hard to make a case for a striker whose lack of goals is seriously affecting the teams ability to perform. Newcastle’s bid for promotion could have been derailed last season if other players didn’t step up to help Mitrovic lead the attack in Gayle’s absence. However it’s very logical to not allow him to leave on loan. Other clubs across Europe could definitely do with the Serbian in their squad and he could suit a different style of play in a different country. A loan move could see his value depreciate further as another year of his contract diminishes. Teams might get itchy as deadline day approaches and offer what the Tynesiders are demanding.