By Russell Edge

25th Jan, 2018 | 2:42pm

Report: Newcastle demand PL rivals double offer as striker deal done - second bid expected

Newcastle United are demanding that Premier League rivals Brighton double their £7million offer for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after the Seagulls secured the signing of Jurgen Locadia, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies are expecting a second bid from the south coast side after turning down what was dubbed as a “derisory” offer, with a £15million price tag slapped on the Serbian’s head.
It is said that following Brighton’s confirmed capture of PSV Eindhoven striker Jurgen Locadia, which is said to cost in the region of £15million, Newcastle are demanding the same sort of expenditure to secure their 23-year-old powerhouse, who is reportedly keen to leave the north east after his lack of game time this season.
However Brighton’s deal with the Dutch side is claimed to have been £10million up front and £5million in bonus payments, and it is unknown whether the Magpies would accept a similar deal for the striker who has two goals in just seven appearances this season.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle will be looking to squeeze every possible penny out of Mitrovic’s sale, and will expect extra payment to offload him to a top flight rival. Really they should be looking to secure a deal overseas, even if it means taking a lower figure, as selling him to another English club could come back to bite them. Rafael Benitez has not really given the Serbian much of a chance during the current campaign and perhaps some regular first team action would bring the best out of him, something which could end up condemning the Magpies to the drop. However there will be no deal if the club cannot source a replacement, which must be their priority right now.
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