Newcastle’s transfer business hasn’t exactly been outstanding this summer and with four days left in the transfer window, Mike Ashley is going to have to work quickly to bring in some recruits for Rafa Benitez.
According to reports, Benitez was told earlier in the summer that the club will have to work in the lower end of the transfer market.
Although the club had been linked with a move for former Nice forward, Alassane Plea, Newcastle have solely been looking for cheaper signings.
However, following the sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the club now has some added financial backing to go into the transfer market.
The Magpies have already completed a deal for Japan international Yoshinori Muto but according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws via Sport Witness, Newcastle have had a bid estimated between £4.4-5.3 million for Swedish striker Isaac Kiese Thelin.
Now, German newspaper, Kicker is claiming that Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race to sign the Swedish striker.
As it stands, Newcastle have six players to play as the main striker but realistically, only Muto or Perez are the two who are good enough to start for Benitez.
Part of Sweden’s World Cup squad, Kiese Thelin scored 16 goals in the Jupiler Pro League for Anderlecht last season.
At 26, he’s going into his prime and could be another cut-price deal for the Magpies if the estimated £4.4-5.3 million bid is true.
With Leverkusen now interested, Newcastle need to work quickly but if Ashley can bring him in, Benitez might be able to relax about his forward options.
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