By Russell Edge

24th Jan, 2018 | 11:56am

Report: PL rivals bid £15m-rated attacker as Ashley makes Newcastle transfer demand

Newcastle United have rejected a bid for Aleksandar Mitrovic from Premier League rivals Brighton as they look for no less than £15million for his signing, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies have rebuffed a “paltry” bid from their south coast counterparts for the Serbian striker, as they eye up a potential profit on the £13million spent back in 2015.
It is said that the 33-cap international is keen on leaving the club in order to secure first team football, having made just seven appearances this season, scoring three goals, but that manager Rafael Benitez will not sanction his departure without having secured a replacement.
The report also states that owner Mike Ashley has demanded that managing director of the club Lee Charnley ensures that the Spanish boss gets his transfer target this month, with talks being held over a move for a new forward rated in the region of £20million.
Football Insider verdict
While Mitrovic wants to leave and Newcastle want rid of him, there will have to be an acceptable bid made if he is to depart St James’ Park before the end of the window. His sale is crucial in ensuring that funds are available to sign a new forward, and for that reason the Magpies will look to squeeze every penny out of any deal for the Serbian. Despite his cult hero status on Tyneside, the reality is that he has failed to find the back of the net consistently, and his disciplinary issues mean that he cannot work under the system Benitez is trying to instil at the club. 
In other Newcastle United transfer news, Mike Ashley has given the green light for the club to snap up an international hitman for a record equalling fee.

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