Newcastle are being told they will have to pay around £20M for Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen and they are having second thoughts about the deal.
And there is news in the Mail today that Newcastle may turn their attention to 29-year-old Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.
The asking price for Slimani is £20M, and we think he would be a better buy than Jorgensen.
While Slimani hasn’t been too successful at Leicester City, he’s still scored 13 goals and 7 assists in 46 appearances for them and is a good target man up front – and he has both pace and power.
Islam Slimani – 29-year-old Leicester City striker
Newcastle should not be short of money and if we can get Slimani in we could sell Aleksandar Mitrovic – hopefully to a continental club.
Brighton have made a bid for him (£8M – they got to be kidding), but the offer is well short of the £14.5M Newcastle will demand if Mitro is to leave this month.
That will see us at least get our money back on the striker, who has not been successful on Tyneside, with Rafa hardly playing him this season.
The 56 times capped Algerian International (27 goals) has 5 goals and 2 assists in 17 appearances this season, and that would make him top scorer at Newcastle.
Joselu and Ayoze Perez are currently our top scorers with 4 goals each.
Slimani cost Leicester £28M from Sporting Lisbon 18 months ago, and previously this month Watford were favorites to sign him because he played at Sporting for Marco Silva.
But Silva was recently sacked by the Hornets.
Slimani could add pace to the Newcastle attack – something Rafa Benitez is keen on, having just signed 21-year-old speed merchant Kenedy on loan from Chelsea.
The Algerian also has a physical presence so for£20M he could be a good buy for Newcastle – and a better buy than Nicolai Jorgensen.
What do you think?