Newcastle United were able to claim their first win of the Premier League season last Saturday after they beat Watford 1-0 at St. James’ Park.
However, manager Rafael Benitez will know there is still much room for improvement with the Magpies’ goal difference the only thing keeping them out of the relegation zone.
With that in mind, the Spaniard could now move for a new forward in January as he looks to guide Newcastle up the table.
The Shields Gazette reports Benitez is keen on bringing Porto’s Yacine Brahimi to St. James’ Park in a transfer the club could desperately do with.
Assessing Newcastle’s squad, there is not a lot of quality in attack with Kenedy the only real sort of threat in the team when it comes to really getting at an opposition defender and winning 1v1s going forward.
Christian Atsu has the pace to get past a full-back but not much comes after that from the Ghanaian winger, while Matt Ritchie is not the most skilful of wide men, though he is more than capable of putting a good cross into the box.
Considering all of that, £23.4m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Brahimi would be a terrific addition to Benitez’s squad. The Algerian is capable of playing on either wing and possesses the skill to beat defenders.
With Kenedy on one flank and the Porto man on the other, Newcastle would become a much more dangerous outfit.
A signing of the Algeria international’s calibre may just be enough to give Newcastle the upper hand in any potential relegation battle.