Reliable journalist gives major development on reported Newcastle decision to flog forward

By Danny Wright

Newcastle United will not sell Aleksandar Mitrovic to Brighton, according to a reliable journalist.

Chronicle Editor Mark Douglas claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the Magpies have decided that they will not flog Mitrovic, 23, to a “potential survival rival” nor will they cash in on the forward unless they can bring in a replacement.

However it is understood that would be unlikely with Newcastle already turning down offers for the Serbia international during the summer transfer window.

The Sun has recently reported that Brighton boss Chris Hughton had set his sights on Mitrovic after sending scouts to cast their rule of him while he played for Serbia last week.

It was claimed that the Magpies were willing to cash in on the target man after he was handed a three-match suspension for violent conduct against West Ham.

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This latest development is no doubt a major boost to the Newcastle fans, who have a strong affinity towards Mitrovic, even though his goalscoring stats aren’t exactly the best for a striker of his talent.

The ex-Anderlecht ace has scored just 17 goals in 67 appearances across all competitions since signing for Newcastle in 2015.

Football Insider Verdict

Rafa Benitez has three semi-decent striking options to his hand and it would perhaps make sense for him to cash in on one of them in the near future and try to find an improvement. At the moment, it is not quite clear who is the best forward out of Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Joselu, so that is certainly an area that the Magpies need to take a look at soon. The Tynesiders don’t have that much money to spend after a frustrating summer transfer window so they may have to ship players out before bringing anyone in. It may be the case that Benitez just sticks with what he’s got up front and instead focuses his efforts on getting a left-back and a goalkeeper.

In other Newcastle United news, Alan Shearer has revealed how he tore into Joey Barton before he was given the axe.

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