It’s transfer deadline day and clubs up and down the country will be looking to make some final additions to their squads in order to give themselves the best possible chance of achieving their objectives for the season, and Newcastle are no exception to the rule.
Injury problems within Newcastle’s defensive unit have intensified the need for Benitez to sign a new central defender before the deadline passes, but there is plenty of reason to believe that he should also be in the market for another versatile attacking player.
Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon have already arrived at St James’ Park, but the former is unproven in the Premier League and the latter struggled to find the back of the net on a regular basis during his time with West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile, Joselu proved be is well below the level that is required for the top-flight last season, so there’s no doubt Newcastle would benefit from the arrival of a new attacker.
With that being said, Benitez should be in the market for Danny Welbeck on deadline day as Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for his services according to ESPN.
With just 1-year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates, Arsenal may be tempted to sell the England international on deadline day at an attractive price.
The London Evening Standard have claimed that Arsenal are willing to listen to offers in the region of £20-25 million, but with time running out for the Gunners to balance the books Newcastle would be wise to tempt them with a lower offer.
Although Welbeck is not the most prolific of attacking players, there is no doubt that he would bring plenty of pace and quality to the Newcastle side.
His record of 41 goals from 198 Premier League appearances is not the most eye-catching of returns, but it must be considered that he has played his trade with Manchester United and Arsenal where he was largely forced to play a bit-part role at both clubs.
However, that record would almost certainly be transformed if he was made Newcastle’s first-choice striker, so Benitez should do everything in his power to convince Mike Ashley to complete a fantastic piece of business before the 5PM deadline to give his side a huge boost in their bid for survival.
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