Newcastle United have made contact with Zenit St Petersburg over their striker Sardar Azmoun, according to The Daily Mail.
The Magpies could have as much as £100m to spend this month as they look to assemble a squad capable of avoiding Premier League relegation.
They kicked off the month with a defensive addition in the form of Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier, but there are also issues to address at the other end of the pitch, with top scorer Callum Wilson facing eight weeks out with a calf injury.
According to The Daily Mail, Eddie Howe wants to sign two strikers this month, and while Alexander Isak would be ‘ideal’, that deal may not be realistic at this stage, so Newcastle have other targets in mind.
One of those is Azmoun, and the Magpies ‘have spoken to’ Zenit about a possible deal, sounding out the likelihood of a £5m offer being accepted. Marseille’s Bamba Dieng is also an option, but he could cost three times as much.
Would Azmoun be a good signing for Newcastle?
First and foremost, he’s prolific goalscorer, bagging 62 in 104 appearances for Zenit (10 this season), and 39 in 60 caps for Iran. It’s worth noting, though, that the Russian top-flight is only the 10th best league in Europe according to the UEFA coefficient, so the key question is whether that record is transferrable to the Premier League.
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old boasts a decent record in European competition too, with 13 in 35 appearances at that level (one goal every 2.7 games). He found the net against Juventus in this season’s Champions League group stage, and journalist Zach Lowy said that the Iranian had Andreas Christensen ‘in a chokehold’ when he faced Chelsea a month ago.
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