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Rafael Benitez should raid former club for £7.2m-rated forward and fire Newcastle to Europe

Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern haven’t had much to sing about this season with the club languishing in the mid-table – 13 points behind Burnley in the race for European football.

Owner Mike Ashley has confirmed the club remains up for sale but expects to remain in charge next season. Indeed, the massively expensive could be the main reason he has failed to find a buyer thus far. Ashley cannot afford another poor summer transfer window, especially if he wants to sell the club. Simply put, Rafael Benitez must be backed in the transfer market.

Scoring goals has been a massive problem for the Magpies this campaign with Ayoze Perez leading the goal charts on seven strikes. Dwight Gayle has managed just five goals with Joselu only managing four. A proven goal scorer is just what Benitez needs if the Tyneside giants are going to be back amongst the European elite.

The Spaniard should rekindle his interest in Liverpool striker, Danny Ings, who he attempted to sign on-loan in January. The former Burnley striker is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt but has endured a torrid time at Anfield thus far, injuries have hampered his progress on Merseyside.

Ings netted his first and only Premier League goal of the season against West Brom two weeks ago but could find himself out of favour in the summer. The forward is behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order, and the Reds are linked with a big-money move for Timo Werner which could mean Ings is surplus to requirements.

The 25-year-old was scoring for fun at Burnley – regular first-team football is what he needs to return to his best. If he no longer has a future at Anfield, St. James Park could be his ideal destination.

Newcastle fans, would Danny Ings be a success on Tyneside? Let us know!

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