By Russell Edge

21st Jan, 2018 | 7:15pm

Sky Sports: Former Newcastle boss eyeing up swoop for Benitez's international powerhouse

West Brom are eyeing up a transfer swoop for Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this month, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster claim on their website that the Baggies, managed by former Magpies boss Alan Pardew, is keen on taking the 23-year-old Serbian international to The Hawthorns as he looks to bolster his options up front, although say a move would hang on the sort of money received if Jonny Evans departs.
Powerhouse centre forward Mitrovic, who has 33 caps for his country, has just seven appearances for the club this season, six of which have come as substitute appearances in the Premier League, and a back injury has seen him out of action for their last nine games.
Football Insider verdict
Mitrovic is by no means a regular in the first team under manager Rafael Benitez and as such a sale seems a real possibility this month. However, there are a number of issues with West Brom’s reported interest; Newcastle will be demanding a hefty fee for his signing; they will not want to strengthen a rival and Benitez will want a replacement lined up before allowing his departure. It seems an unlikely move from the outside but fans will just have to wait and see whether the club are willing to sanction his exit before the end of the window.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have opened talks over a £115,000-a-week contract in a deal the Toon Army will adore.

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