Newcastle United are among a host of Premier League sides on the transfer hunt for Stade Rennais striker Firmin Ndombe Mubele in January, according to a report.

The Guardian claim on their website that the Magpies are joined by fellow top flight strugglers West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth in eyeing up the 23-year-old’s signature in the upcoming winter transfer window, as they all look to bolster their squads.

The 43-time-capped Democratic Republic of Congo speed machine has netted five times in 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season, having been utilised in both a centre forward and left winger role.

Those five goals, which came in 12 starts for Rennes, mean he has netted eight times in 32 appearances for the French club, and is said to be rated at £10million by the Guardian’s report.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle are in desperate need of goals in the second half of the season, and Rafael Benitez will have a long list of potential targets lined up, with Dwight Gayle and Joselu failing to deliver the goods this season. The Toon Army will be hoping that Mubele’s name appears towards the bottom of the shortlist, having failed to impress in France since his arrival, and is not the star signing they will be hoping for. With Aleksandar Mitrovic a near certainty to depart, two strikers may be needed come January, and the club ought to spend the income from the Serbian’s sale a lot more wisely than on a bang-average attacker from a mid-table French side.

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