Newcastle have lost interest in Brentford striker Scott Hogan because his club are asking a ridiculous fee of 15M, which is a lot of money for somebody who has never played at the highest levels in England and is therefore unproven and would be a big risk.
It seems Newcastle’s number one striker target is Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and he’s looked a good player with speed when we have watched him play including on Tuesday night when Bournemouth got a 3-3 draw at home to Arsenal.
But they were 3-0 up after 70 minutes and allowed the Gunners to come back to equalize in stoppage time – Callum scored from a penalty in the game adn looked very fast with good skills.
Sebastien Haller in French colors
We could be wrong, but we just cannot see Newcastle being able to persuade Callum to join us this month – but maybe in the summer.
So we wonder if Rafa Benitez will go after a player he wanted last summer – 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller – who plays for Utrecht in the Dutch League.
He’s having a very good season in the Eredivisie having scored 9 goals and had four assists in 17 league games for his club.
In all competitions this season he has 10 goals in 19 appearances and he’s been in good form.
Haller stands 6ft 2ins tall and he’s played for all of the French Youth sides including 20 appearances for the U-21 side with 13 goals.
He joined Utrecht permanently in the summer of 2015 from Auxerre after first being on loan at the club for the second half of the previous season.
He scored 24 goals in 40 appearances last season and in 78 total appearances for his Dutch club he has now scored 45 goals with 15 assists.
Rafa was reported to have spoken to the player in August in an attempt to get him to sign for us and maybe he could again be a target for Newcastle this month – especially if we cannot get Callum Wilson.
What do you think?