The Sunday People is reporting that Newcastle have joined the race for 22 year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi who is now at Marseille after joining the French club in the summer of 2014 from Standard Liege.
Michy was born in Brussels and is having a good season at Marseille having scored 9 goals in 16 total appearances this season.
Michy Batshuayi – 22 year-old Belgium International
While at Standard Liege for three seasons in the first team he played a total of 120 games with 44 goals and 13 assists.
The striker is also being tracked by Arsenal and Spurs and he will not come cheap as the price tag on his head is said to be £22M, but Marseille apparently want more than that.
Batshuayi is eligible to play for the DR Congo national team because of his parents, but in March os this year he elected to represent Belgium.
He made his international debut for Belgium in March in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Cyprus and replaced Christian Benteke in the 77th minute in that game.
Newcastle need strikers and defenders – simply because we have scored only 13 goals in 13 league games and in seven of those game we have failed to score.
And we have already conceded 25 goals in those 13 games so we have difficulty scoring goals and difficulty in stopping them going in.
That’s a real problem at both ends of the pitch.
Newcastle may need to bring in as many as four good players in January if the season is to be turned around and if big money needs to be paid for the right players then so be it.
It’s looking like by the turn of the year Newcastle will still be in or around the relegation zone.
The news is that Marseille have put an amazing £35M valuation on their star, supposedly to ward off clubs – but it´s probably also because three Premier League clubs are linked with him.