By Will Butcher
Newcastle are one of four Premier League sides said to have held talks with Palmeiras striker Miguel Borja, according to a report.
The Sun claimed in their transfer news blog on Thursday that 24-year-old striker Borja has been in contact with Rafa Benitez’s side, along with three other Premier League sides.
It is said that Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford have also negotiated to sign the two-time Colombia international, who has around 18 months remaining on his contract.
Known for his powerful frame, Borja possesses plenty of pace and strength in the final third that allows him to be a danger with both the ball at his feet and in the air.
Borja has spent the majority of his career in South America with the likes of Brazilian side Palmeiras, Colombian outfits Atletico Nacional and Independiente as well as Argentinian outfit Olimpio.
However, he has also tried his luck in European football during a year-long spell with Italian outfit Livorno, but managed only eight senior appearances.
Newcastle currently have Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic as options in the final third, but Gayle’s future is in doubt and Mitrovic has been banned for three games.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle need an additional strike force before the end of the summer transfer window, with Joselu unproven despite his debut goal and the futures of both Gayle and Mitrovic up in the air. Although unproven in the Premier League, Borja boasts all the necessary traits needed to star in the physical Premier League and he would be a cert to shine against England’s best defences. If Newcastle can lure him to St. James’ Park for a fee below £10million before the end of the transfer window and beat their rivals to his signature, they could bring in a great signing.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon have reportedly made an approach to sign a Ligue 1 goalkeeper in the final year of his contract.