There’s a report from Turkey today (two to be more accurate) – which we probably should take with a pinch of salt – that says Newcastle have held meetings in London over the weekend about trying to do a deal for our top target – Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.
The Turkish newspaper Fanatik is reporting something that we have a hard job believing – that Newcastle are willing to offer Aleksandar Mitrovic plus £9M for Tosun.
But the last we heard was that the Turkish club wanted maybe £17M for Tosun so that values Mitro at just £8M which seems far too low.
Newcastle paid about £14M for Mitro two years ago from Anderlecht and there has been news that his former club would be willing to take him on loan.
If the report of this deal is accurate it means we would be losing about £6M on the Serbian International striker during a two-year span in which transfer prices have gone through the roof.
It just doesn’t make sense to us.
A second report by Futbol Arena says that Newcastle officials even met with Mitrovic’ father, his representatives and the Serbian striker over the weekend to thrash out the deal.
It would seem that a swap deal involving Mitrovic for Cenk Tosun would seem to be a reasonable deal for Newcastle.
Newcastle would be getting a top striker in for a player who Rafa doesn’t seem to trust and certainly hasn’t been playing.
Far better get somebody in who can play for us and hopefully start scoring the goals.
Mitro also hasn’t been successful at the club and he doesn’t seem to have improved too much either – even with some coaching from Rafa Benitez.
We have a feeling that if Newcastle can get Tosun in he may try to sign another big striker on loan in January – like one of our former targets Danny Ings of Liverpool or Charlie Austin of Southampton.
In the past, some reports from Turkey have been dubious at best – but if there’s some truth around these two reports it means Newcastle are trying to line up a deal for a striker they can close early in January.
What do you think?