The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are desperately hoping that Benitez will be able to bring a new striker to the club this month, but they are fair from confident considering their transfer history.
Newcastle are currently in danger of facing an immediate return to The Championship, as they currently sit in 15th place Premier League – just 1 point clear of the relegation zone. The Magpies have been relatively solid in defence this season with their captain Jamaal Lascelles proving to be a calming influence in Newcastle’s back-line, but their attacking players have failed to deliver the level of performance that is needed to ensure a mid-table finish.
Joselu has been slated by the supporters on a regular basis since his move from Stoke last summer, but yet, he currently stands at the clubs top-goalscorer in the league with 4 goals to show from his 21 appearances. Newcastle’s lack of potency in the final-third has illuminated the clubs need to splash the cash on a new centre-forward this month.
In recent days, Newcastle have been heavily linked with a move for Feyenoord’s Danish talisman Nicolai Jorgensen, and the latest report from Sky Sports claims that The Magpies latest bid of £15 million has been rejected by the Dutch giants.
Whether Mike Ashley can, or will improve his offer remains to be seen, but unless Newcastle manage to accumulate the necessary funds from the sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, it seems unlikely that Jorgensen will make a switch to Tyneside.
With that to consider, Ashley and Benitez should be working in conjunction to establish a more affordable alternative target before the end of the window. One player who could be persuaded to make a switch from London to Newcastle is Arsenal’s out of favour striker Olivier Giroud.
The 31-year-old (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) has only started 1 Premier League fixture all season for The Gunners, and his lack of first-team football is seriously damaging his chances of making the French World Cup squad this year.
The situation is simple, Newcastle are strapped for cash but they need a goalscorer, and Giroud is crying out for regular first-team football, so Ashley must finally deliver some good news to the supporters if his Jorgensen move fails to materialise by bringing Arsenal’s clinical goalscorer to the club this month.
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