Brighton manager Chris Hughton is interested in taking Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to the south coast, but Brighton’s first offer for the Serbian striker has been turned down by Newcastle.
It remains to be seen whether Brighton will increase their bid, but it may be risky for Newcastle to sell one of their better players to a relegation rival.
But if we can sign a top striker this month Mitrovic would be available to be sold outright or go out on loan, but preferably not to a Premier League club fighting relegation.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Brighton make bid for Serbian striker
The 23-year-old Serbian striker joined Newcastle from Anderlecht in the summer of 2015, for a fee close to £14.5M, but he hasn’t been a big success on Tyneside.
He’s scored 17 goals in 72 appearances for the Magpies, but in the last couple of seasons hasn’t been a starter for the team.
And it looks like he has no long-term future at Newcastle with Rafa Benitez as the manager.
Newcastle will need to get their money back on the player if we do sell him this month.
Another former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – now at West Brom – is also interested in buying Mitro.
But we’d rather see him, as well as Jonjo Shelvey, stay at Newcastle until the summer to help us in our fight against relegation.
West Ham want Shelvey to move back to London, but why would we help West Ham in their bid to avoid relegation?
We should sell both players, but only in the summer.
Chris Hughton has already signed 24-year-old forward Jurgen Locadia from PSV this month for £14M.
What do you think?