Newcastle United have approached Viktoria Plzen with an enquiry about forward Michael Krmencik, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Magpies are edging close to a double swoop that includes Krmencik, 24, and Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
It is understood that Newcastle are hopeful of reaching an agreement to sign Dubravka, 29, before Wednesday night’s transfer deadline as Rafa Benitez looks to sign up a goalkeeper and a striker.
Plzen forward Krmencik has been in top form this season, with 16 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, as well as supplying seven assists.
The 11-times Czech Republic international is said to be valued at £10million at Plzen, who are currently leading the Czech First League and look to be well on their way to securing the title.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle seem pretty desperate to find a striker who is both in form and is affordable. Krmencik’s £10million price tag would certainly be in the price range of the Tyneside club after widespread reports of a £15million bid going in for Nicolai Jorgensen. Krmencik is a lot less proven though. He may be in fine form for Plzen, but the Czech First League is not one of Europe’s top league so his goalscoring record in that division does not count for much. He is a fully fledged international though and would likely be an improvement on someone like Joselu. It seems a lot more feasible that the Magpies to sign Krmencik over some of their other targets.
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