The Guardian is reporting that if Aleksandar Mitrovic leaves Newcastle next month then manager Rafa Benitez would be interested in signing Aston Villa’s Rudy Gestede, the 29 year-old 6ft 4ins French-born striker.
22 year-old Mitrovic has been linked with two struggling Premier League clubs for next month – Swansea and Crystal Palace – but the chances of Rafa Benitez letting him leave are slim at best.
Rudy Gestede – Aston Villa striker
The Guardian says that Newcastle are interested in signing Rudy Gestede, who signed for Aston Villa in July of 2015 on a five year deal for £6M from Blackburn Rovers.
He scored 35 goals in 73 appearances for Blackburn over two and a half seasons after signing for them from Cardiff City.
However, we would think that Steve Bruce would be very reticent to sell Gestede to Newcastle, since we are one of Villa’s promotion rivals this season, although we are now 18 points above them in the Championship with 49 points.
However, with experienced Geordie Steve Bruce now in charge at Villa Park they could still get promotion via the playoffs this season.
The 7 times capped Benin striker has been looking to leave Villa next month and he has 4 goals and one assist in 18 total appearances for Aston Villa so far this season.
Last season he scored 6 goals in 26 appearances for them in the Premier League.
Gestede wants to move since he cannot get a regular starting place at Villa and West Brom are said to be interested in signing the player next month for around £7M in January.
Gestede’s contract runs through the summer of 2020 – but we think Miro leaving Newcastle and Gestede coming in are both extremely unlikely next month.
What do you think?
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