Newcastle hold talks over 26-year-old goal machine as Benitez hunts for two strikers – report
By Guy Giles
Newcastle hold concrete interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun and manager Rafa Benitez has held meetings with head of recruitment Steve Nickson about signing the 26-year-old, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that Benitez wants to sign the Turkey international in January, but report that the quoted £17million price tag may prove a sticking point to any potential deal.
Tosun has been in dangerous form for Besiktas this season, with 10 goals in 15 appearances including four in four in the Champions League.
The report also claims that Benitez wants to sign two strikers and a number ten in the January window, but realises that if a takeover is not completed by then he will have to sell players in order to fund any incomings.
Benitez has reportedly held regular meetings with new head of recruitment Steve Nickson regarding the upcoming window, with Benitez also keen to utilise the loan system to bring in domestic talent in January.
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Other targets for Benitez include Liverpool’s Danny Ings, and Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
Football Insider verdict:
Rumours surrounding this move have now been circulating for a while, and this report would seem to finally confirm that Newcastle’s interest in Tosun is indeed concrete. However, the news came this week that Besiktas expect an offer of at least £17million for the Turkish international, and this is the main point to be considered here. The last time the Magpies spent anywhere close to this amount was for Gini Wijnaldum in 2015, and if Amanda Staveley’s takeover bid is not completed by January, then it is hard to see where that kind of money will come from. A rumoured loan move for Liverpool’s Danny Ings seems the most likely alternative.
In other Newcastle United news, a club legend has criticised the club’s current strikers after their poor start to life in the Premier League.