Newcastle make approach for striker nicknamed Waddle - report
By Amir Mir
Newcastle have made an approach for Anderlecht striker Idrissa Sylla, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Rafael Benitez has instructed Newcastle to sign another attacker before the transfer window shuts.
Le Mans academy graduate Sylla is on the Newcastle radar after he scored seven goals in 35 appearances last season for Anderlecht as they finished runners-up to Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League.
Although he plays as a striker, the Guinea-born forward is nicknamed ‘Waddle’ in his homeland, after Toon legend Chris Waddle, for his silky skills.
It is said the 25-year-old’s agent and the player in question are aware of the Championship club’s interest, although the Magpies are targeting a number of players.
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The north east club signed Premier League duo Dwight Gayle and Matt Richie for a combined fee of £22 million this summer, but after their 1-0 defeat against Fulham last Friday, more incomings are expected at St James Park.
Ayoze Perez and Gayle failed to live up to expectation in their Championship opener, as the duo failed to make any significant impact on the match, as Benitez’ side lacked physicality up front.
Benitez has the task of guiding the Championship favourites to the Premier League, as the Spaniard prepares for his first home game in the Championship against Huddersfield on Saturday.
In other Newcastle transfer news, a defender has signed for the club’s rivals after a reported pursuit from the north east club.