Date: 26th November 2017 at 12:16pm
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Serbian side FK Partizan have made contact over securing Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on a loan deal in January, according to a report.

Serbian newspaper Večernje Novosti claim on their website that the powerhouse of a forward is a top target for the European side, and that the 23-year-old is keen on securing a move away from Tyneside in order to earn playing time ahead of the 2018 World Cup, in which Serbia have qualified for.

Mitrovic has been used as a bit-part player by manager Rafael Benitez this season, starting no league games and making just five appearances across all competitions, scoring twice, taking his total to 70 appearances and 17 goals for the club.

Contracted at St James’ Park until 2020, the proposed deal would see the 33-time-capped international return to the club where he broke through the youth ranks and spent a year in the senior side before joining Belgian club Anderlecht.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle are in desperate need of a striker to fire them to safety in the Premier League, and after seeing Dwight Gayle and Joselu disappoint in the 3-0 win against Watford, Benitez may reluctantly turn to Mitrovic against West Brom on Tuesday. If he can hit the ground running and change his manager’s opinion about him, then there is a chance that he could save his Newcastle career, but it would appear he has just the month of December to do so. Benitez needs funds and Mitrovic would be one of the first names on the list whose sale could help bring in some much needed capital to reinvest. A loan deal just would not do, so expect Newcastle to turn down this reported approach.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are looking to fill their problem position with a Premier League outcast.

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