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3rd Jul, 2016 | 12:45pm

Report: Benitez to make decision on striker in pre-season after £10m signing

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle will decide on Adam Armstrong’s future in the next month, according to a report.

Tyneside publication Chronicle claim that the Magpies will hand Armstrong a chance to impress in pre-season but it’s highly likely that he’ll head out on loan again next season to fine tune his game.

With the change in rules surrounding loans it would only be either a season-long or a six-month loan that Newcastle could strike for the forward.

It is understood that manager Rafael Benitez will want to see the 19-year-old at close quarters before deciding what to do with him.

However,  Benitez has recently added £10million new signing Dwight Gayle to his strikeforce and it’s clear that the St James’ Park boss is looking to bolster his striking options.

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The young forward has represented England at Under-19’s level nine times scoring three goals.

He spent last season on-loan in League One with Coventry, where he scored an impressive 20 goals in 40 appearances and also provided five assists.

The youngster is highly rated at Newcastle, but they accept that he still has plenty of developing to do and if the Magpies refuse to strengthen a Championship rival then it is believed that Coventry are hoping to tempt him back to the Ricoh Arena.

In other Newcastle news, Middlesbrough have offered £15million-rated defender Daniel Ayala a new contract to fend off interest from clubs home and abroad.