By Russell Edge

23rd Jan, 2018 | 6:15am

Report: Ashley green lights record-equalling Newcastle swoop for international hitman

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has given the green light for the club to make a record-equalling swoop for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro this month, according to a report.
The Express claim on their website that the Sports Direct supremo has been convinced by manager Rafael Benitez to splash the cash in order to secure the club’s Premier League place next season, and that French international Gameiro has been identified as a top target.
It is said that Atletico Madrid are looking for a fee in the region of £16million for the 30-year-old hitman, the same amount the Magpies spent to secure the record-breaking signing of Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in 2005.
Gameiro, who has 13 caps for France, has scored six goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this season, and has a total of 22 strikes in 64 outings for the Spanish top flight side.
Football Insider verdict
In today’s transfer market, £16million for a 13-cap striker from a relative heavyweight of European football is a more than reasonable asking price, so the Magpies may well have stumbled onto a good deal here. The striker may be edging toward the wrong side of 30-years-old but that does not make him any less talented than the strikers Newcastle currently have at his disposal. His experience for both club and country could be invaluable in escaping the relegation battle this season, and as proven during the first half of the campaign, the Magpies are desperate for some additional firepower. Is Gameiro the man to provide that? Fans will have to wait and see, but they will not be too happy about waiting until the final days of the window to find out.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, a top flight speed machine has been pictured in Newcastle as the club close in on their first signing of the month.

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