With Aleksandar Mitrovic seemingly destined to depart Newcastle United for a fee in the region of £20 million, Rafa Benitez will have some funds to put towards the signing of a new centre-forward this summer.
The identity of the Magpies’ ideal centre-forward target appears to be that of Solomon Rondon – a player who was recently relegated to the Championship with West Bromwich Albion. With a rumoured relegation release clause of £16.5 million written into his contract, it’s easy to see why Newcastle are expressing an interest.
But a move for Rondon would represent a sideways step at best for Newcastle as the Venezuelan cannot offer much more than what Dwight Gayle currently provides at the spearhead of the attack.
With that in mind, Newcastle should turn their attention towards a player with a ruthless streak in the penalty area who is reportedly available for a similar price to Rondon, namely Danny Ings.
According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Ings wants to leave Liverpool this summer in search of regular first-team opportunities following a nightmare injury-plagued three seasons for the former Burnley talisman.
The same report claims that Liverpool will demand £20 million for Ings, with Southampton, Leicester and Crystal Palace joining Newcastle in the race for his signature.
Although Ings has been sidelined for the majority of the past three years, the form he demonstrated at Burnley when he broke onto the scene in the Premier League is enough to suggest that he could become a resounding success on Tyneside.
The 26-year-old was never a player who relied on blistering pace to thrive in the final-third, as his intelligent positioning sense and composure in the penalty area enabled him to bag 11 goals from 35 appearances with the Clarets before he swapped Turf Moor for Anfield in 2015.
Therefore, the torrid injury problems he has suffered should not prevent him from rediscovering his goal-scoring touch next season now that he is back to full-fitness.
Both Benitez and the Newcastle supporters would need to be patient with Ings next season during an inevitable acclimatisation period after such a long period of time away from regular first-team football, but if they are willing to invest their trust in his ability there’s no doubt he would be a far better option than Rondon this summer.
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