As with every transfer window of recent years, the upcoming summer market will see Newcastle United scouring for a new striker to provide them with some much needed firepower.
The Magpies’s biggest issue this season has been their potency up front, and the fact that Dwight Gayle and Joselu lead the goal scoring charts with five and four goals respectively, highlights just how desperate their situation is.
Islam Slimani has finally made his debut for the club, appearing for 20 minutes against Huddersfield after a two month wait due to injury, and unless he shows some stunning form between now and the end of the season, a summer swoop for the 29-year-old can be forgotten.
So where should the Magpies be looking next?
Well, they could do a lot worse than following in their rivals’ footsteps, after it was reported that West Ham, Everton and Swansea had all been eyeing up Porto hitman Moussa Marega.
It is said that the red hot striker has a release clause of £35million but that Porto would likely be willing to offer him at a cut price deal, making it a much more affordable swoop for those interested in his capture, and it should be the Magpies who are elbowing their rivals aside.
His versatility would make him extremely useful to Rafael Benitez, who lacks the option to rotate players into different positions at present, while his goal scoring record is nothing to be scoffed at.
Both the centre forward and attacking midfield roles are a real problem for the Spanish boss, but Marega’s capture could kill two birds with one stone.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies can avoid a massive double blow by getting pen to paper.