By Russell Edge

21st Jan, 2018 | 7:34pm

Report: Newcastle set sights on record-breaking top target as they ready crucial talks

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has set his sights on a striker worth £20million as his top target with the club ready to open talks over extending his contract, according to a report.
The Times claim on their website that the Spanish boss is desperate to bolster his side with some more attacking firepower, and has identified a forward with what would be a record-breaking price tag as his priority.
The Magpies’ current record spend is the £16million spent to secure the services of former Liverpool and England star Michael Owen from Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2005, in what is now the longest standing transfer record for any of the 20 clubs in the Premier League.
Meanwhile the club are said to be keen on tying the Spanish manager, who joined back in March 2016 to replace Steve McClaren, to a new contract, but this latest report states that Benitez will put discussions over his own future on hold to prioritise strengthening the playing squad this month.
He signed a three-year-deal in the summer of 2016 after having failed to save the club from relegation before guiding the Magpies back to the top flight as winners of the Championship, meaning his current contract is set to expire in just under 18 months time.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are leading the chase for a proven Premier League and international attacker.
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