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Potentially uplifting reports emerge for Newcastle and Southampton fans

Newcastle United and Southampton supporters have been particularly downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their sides fall to 1-0 defeats at the hands of Bournemouth and Burnley respectively prior to the international break.

Rafa Benitez’s Magpies may well have made a promising start to the new Premier League season but they have certainly found things tougher going in recent times, with Steve Cook’s late header last time out enough to seal victory for the Cherries, and in turn condemn Newcastle to a second successive league loss. And things weren’t much better on the South Coast for Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints, who went down 1-0 at home to Sean Dyche’s high-flying Burnley to suffer a fourth Premier League defeat of the campaign, and thus slip to 13th in the table.

Thus, both sets of fans have been despondent and relatively quiet in the Tavern this week, although they may well be uplifted by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which has linked the Premier League duo with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres.

The 33-year-old made the move back to the Spanish capital in 2016 after enjoying a decent loan spell there the year before, and last season the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward proved his worth with eight goals and six assists in 31 La Liga games, in turn helping Diego Simeone’s side to third place in the division.

However, the Spain international has struggled for regular gametime this term with just ten appearances in all competitions thus far, only two of which have been starts, and with Diego Costa set to arrive in the New Year, Torres is facing even greater misery in 2018.

And as such reports have linked him with a loan move to Newcastle and Southampton, both of whom will surely be on the lookout for attacking reinforcements having managed just 19 league goals between them so far this season.

But whether either are indeed able to get a deal done for the 33-year-old striking ace remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Fernando Torres’ ended his Chelsea misery by returning to Atletico Madrid back in 2016, having spent a season on loan at the Spanish giants the year before.

And with eight goals in 31 La Liga games last term, the 33-year-old certainly proved his worth to manager Diego Simeone, yet no goals and just two starts in all competitions this time round suggests that he is way down the pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And Newcastle United and Southampton have reportedly been put on alert to the striker’s availability in January, and with both sides in dire need of attacking reinforcements, it’s a move they may both seek to get done in January.

Newcastle and Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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