Newcastle United are in talks to secure the signing of a new striker who is set to break the Magpies’ current transfer record, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the club have begun negotiations over a deal for a new forward, but that the side selling are expecting a fee in excess of the £16million spent to bring in England striker Michael Owen back in 2005, which remains Newcastle’s record fee and is the longest standing top transfer spend for any of the 20 Premier League clubs.
It is said that the club have failed to rule out a loan move for Everton’s Sandro Ramirez after he has failed to settle since his summer move to Goodison Park, but he would not be the striker on which Newcastle would break their transfer record.
Meanwhile a temporary move for Chelsea’s Kenedy is just awaiting the green light from the London club, with all the paperwork having been agreed over a loan deal which will last until the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict
The Magpies have had a real problem up front this season, with strikers Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic having scored just nine goals between them across all competitions, and manager Rafael Benitez is now loowing to bolster his options with some added firepower. A loan deal for Sandro is not going to fill the Toon Army with confidence considering his inability to find the back of the net this season, but maybe Benitez and the Spanish contingent on Tyneside can help him rediscover his form. However a record breaking swoop for a forward would boost the feeling around the club tenfold, so long as it was an exciting signing which helped the fans fall back in love with football.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are looking to secure the signing of a World Cup winner.