By Danny Wright

21st Jan, 2018 | 7:34am

Newcastle in hunt to sign £27m international forward, reps working on switch as discussions begin - report

Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro after he fell down the pecking order in the wake of Diego Costa’s arrival in the Spanish capital, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [02:22am] that Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea are also keen on Gameiro, 30, and the Welsh club has discussed the possibility of a swoop for the France international.
It is understood that Gameiro’s representatives are working on a switch to England during this transfer window after the centre-forward slipped down the pecking order at Atletico.
However the report adds that the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla striker’s wages could prove to be problematic for the Premier League clubs chasing his signature.
Gameiro has made 18 appearances across all competitions for Atletico this season, scoring six goals in the process.
He signed for the Spanish capital club for £27million from Sevilla in 2016.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle simply will not be able to afford Gameiro. The Frenchman cost Atletico too much money and if his wages are proving to be a problem to Southampton, who pocketed £75million by selling Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, then they will no doubt be out of reach for the Magpies. Mike Ashley’s sale of the club now looks as though it is not going to happen so Newcastle’s hopes of making some good signings this month are pretty much down the drain. Rafa Benitez could also walk out of St James’ Park in the aftermath of the takeover falling through so it would not be much of a surprise if the Magpies are relegated yet again this season.
In other Newcastle United news, it has been confirmed that this Magpies colossus has left to join this mid-table club.
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