Newcastle United are set for a busy transfer window this month, with manager Rafa Benitez keen to prepare his squad for a push for Premier League survival in the second half of the season.
Magpies fans here in The Transfer Tavern are realistic in their aims for the season, and realise that their boss has it all to do this month if his side are to begin to climb away from the bottom-three. Benitez may be forced to sell before he can buy, and today our landlord revealed to fans gathered around the dart board that he had seen on Twitter that Serbian journalist Milos Markovic had suggested that West Brom, Brighton and Olympiacos are all interested in a move for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
#WestBrom and #Brighton remain in the running for #Newcastle striker Aleksandar #Mitrovic but face huge competition in Greek giants #Olympiacos who are also keen on the #Serbia striker. #NUFC #MItrogol
— Miloš Marković (@MilosMarkovic) January 3, 2018
The hot-headed forward has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park in recent months, and it appears that a switch away from the club could finally materialise in the new year, if Markovic’s reports are to be believed. Newcastle picked up three points in their last fixture away to Stoke City, but the Spanish boss will not rest on his laurels in the coming weeks, with Mitrovic the first of many set to face the door before the window slams shut.
Mitrovic is a player who could play a role at Newcastle if utilised in the right way, but as it stands he simply does not have a future at the club, and must be moved on in the new year. The player has failed to fully adapt to English football since his move from Anderlecht in 2015, but still only 23-years-old, has the potential to do so.
Benitez may gamble and allow the player out on loan this winter with the hope of him returning a renewed man next season, and we simply can’t see the player being allowed to depart for any of Newcastle’s relegation rivals.
A loan switch to Greece with Olympiacos seems the most likely of Markovic’s reported trio of interested clubs, but whether the deal is a permanent one remains to be seen.
Newcastle fans, is it time for Mitrovic to go? Let us know!