Newcastle have held multiple rounds of talks with different clubs as they look to bring in a striker in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Newcastle Chronicle claims that manager Rafa Benitez is eager to improve his options in attack next month and has set his sights on Liverpool forward Danny Ings.

It is understood that Benitez has held talks over a potential loan deal to sign Ings, 25, in the upcoming transfer window but will wait and see how the one-time England international fares as he regains his match fitness in the coming weeks.

The report adds that West Brom have become interested in Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Newcastle’s willingness to let the Serbia international leave could depend on whether or not they are able to bring in anyone else.

Ings has been cast to the fringes of the Liverpool squad due to injury problems that have limited him to just 14 games across all competitions in two-and-a-half-years on the books at Anfield.

The Premier League poacher was in stunning form for Burnley before he joined the Reds in 2015, but has since spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch due to a serious knee injury.

Football Insider verdict

Ings has been out of action for way too long to be able to decide whether or not he would be a good signing for Newcastle, so it makes sense for Benitez to wait it out and see if he can regain match fitness. Unfortunately for Ings, his serious knee injury has stalled what looked to have been a very promising career in the top-flight, as well as potentially in the England international squad. The ex-Burnley man has featured just three times in the Liverpool first-team this season and with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, it will be best for all parties if he is moved on next month.

In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are set to secure the signing of this Brazilian defender after a fee was agreed.

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