Newcastle have been linked with three good strikers this season in 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht, 25 year-old Charlie Austin of relegated QPR, and 22 year-old Danny Ings of relegated Burnley – and now we are definitely staying in the Premier League next season and have (big) money to spend this summer, we must have a decent chance of getting two of those three strikers in this summer.
With Ayoze Perez and Manu Riviere at the club and Papiss Cisse expected to leave, we expect Newcastle to have a target of getting two top strikers in this summer.
20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic – Anderlecht striker
Here’s some information about each of these striker.
Aleksandar Mitrovic shown above.
There was news a week or so ago that Dragan Duric, the former President of Partizan said that a £15M deal had been agreed between Newcastle and Anderlecht for Mitrovic, whom Newcastle have been tracking all season.
If the deal goes through, it will be the biggest deal under Mike Ashley in his eight years at the club, and would equal the fee we paid for Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers, which took place 19 years ago.
Duric was the Partizan President when his young striker was sold to Anderlecht almost two years ago when he was only 18, and Duric received an awful lot of criticism for that.
But Partizan had a sell-on clause inserted into the contract – so they will get 20% of the profit when Mitrovic is sold by Anderlecht.
This story was denied by both his agent and Anderlecht, but nevertheless Newcastle must stand a decent chance of getting the lad on Tyneside this summer.
The 6ft 3ins Serbian striker has scored 27 goals in 50 appearances for Anderlecht this season.
25 year-old Charlie Austin – QPR striker
We’ve been after Charlie for a few years now, and he showed this season he can score goals at the highest level in the Premier League for a struggling side – QPR.
He scored 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances – this season – more than one goal every two games, and that’s not bad at all.
Charlie started his league career at Swindon Town from 2009 through 2011 and in 65 appearances there he scored 37 goals before moving to Burnley in January, 2011.
While at Burnley he was successful in scoring 45 goals in 90 appearances, and in the two seasons he’s been at QPR he has made 73 appearances with 38 goals.
There will be a number of clubs after the 25 year-old 6ft 2ins striker this summer, and he will be a target for Newcastle at around £10M.
Danny Ings 22 year-old Burnley striker
Danny will become a free agent in the summer, and Newcastle have been interested in this player since way back in 2009, when he was on loan at Dorchester Town.
Ings has said a month or so back that wherever he goes in the summer, he wants to play football and doesn’t want to join a big club and sit on the bench – that could signal an opportunity for Newcastle.
Danny seems a natural goalscorer, and last season in the Championship he scored 26 goals in 45 games and this season he scored 11 Premier League goals in 35 appearances for a struggling Burnley side.
Clubs have been able to talk to Danny since January, so we have to hope that Newcastle are one of them.
Of the three strikers above Newcastle will want to get 5ft 10 ins tall Danny Ings, simply because he is good value as a free agent.
We then would need one of the other two strikers – Aleksandar Mitrovic or Charlie Austin – and either one of them would seem to be good business for Newcastle United.
What do you think?