Newcastle United could be forced to seek alternatives in their pursuit of a new forward in January.
Rafael Benitez is desperate to bolster his firepower in the upcoming transfer window with the Magpies failing to find the back of the net consistently during their below-par start to the season. Reports suggest that the Spaniard is lining up a move for Atlanta United star – Miguel Almiron. The forward has enjoyed a stellar campaign in the MLS and could be set for a move to Europe shortly.
However, Newcastle are yet to make an official offer for the Paraguay international with the MLS club refusing to let their prized asset depart. Atlanta want nothing less than £30m for their star player, according to reports, which could force Benitez to seek alternatives.
One man he could target is Hannover forward – Ihlas Bebou. Valued at just £7.65m by Transfermarkt, the Togo international joined his current employers on deadline day in August 2017 but only enjoyed a bit-part role in his debut season. However, Bebou has since blossomed into a critical player for the Bundesliga side before an injury hampered his progress.
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old has found the back of the net three times as well as registering three assists for his team-mates in just ten Bundesliga appearances. The right winger is an excellent dribbler who would cause havoc in the Premier League, completing 2.4 successful dribbles per game this season. Bebou also has the vision to split open defences and could improve the goal scoring record of Solomon Rondon – the forward has averaged 1.4 key passes per game this season (WhoScored). His 6’ft frame also makes him a nightmare for defenders to deal with.
While Bebou hasn’t shown the same form as Almiron this season, he could develop into a key player for the Magpies.
Newcastle United fans, thoughts?