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Newcastle To Pass On Striker – But Who’s The Number One Target?

Islam Slimani was not one of Rafa’s top striker targets during the January transfer window, but because we left it until the final day of the window at Newcastle to get a striker in, we took a chance on the injured Algerian.

But it didn’t pay off, and Slimani was injured for two months with a thigh problem while on loan and made only 4 appearances with one start.

So it will not come as a shock today that the Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle will not bother following up on the 29-year-old.

Islam Slimani will not be joining Newcastle this summer

Leicester City will be asking something north of £17.5M for their striker, who has not had a good time of it in the Premier League since signing on at Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016.

The striker left Newcastle in the final week of the season after he picked up a three-match ban and couldn’t play for Newcastle in the last three games of the season.

Rafa will no doubt be looking elsewhere for strikers and he could well return for his number on target in January – 27-year-old Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen.

The Danish International was available for around £20M, but Mike Ashley refused to pay that transfer fee and the deal could not be completed.

But surely the money will be available this time around?

If it isn’t that may be a trigger that tells Rafa Benitez Mike Ashley is still not supporting him in the transfer windows.

So our best bet for who is Rafa’s number one striker target this summer would be the Danish International.

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6 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    May 22, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Slimani is history, but thanks for the contribution to the goal against Arsenal , that was a good moment. He probably wants to get back to Portugal or Spain.

    Jorgensen seems more remote now than back in January, don’t know why but talk of Torres and some younger exciting attacking forwards may have pushed him down the selection process.

  • kilcline

    May 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Must spend c£30m on a striker it’s very clear that’s our biggest weakness.

    1. Batashuayi
    2. Bakambu

  • lesh

    May 22, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    If Leicester value Slimani at £17.5m, then Mitro must surely be priced at £17.5m plus add ons at the very least.


    £30m for a striker? Will the £30m be with or without the wages Ashley has so far insisted come out of the transfer budget.

  • NUFCadon

    May 22, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    kilcline, I would love it if we got Batshuayi! Think he is exactly what we need

  • Geordie-john

    May 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Jorgensen worth every penny of £20M. A talented striker with good strength. The youngens will gel well with him. Especially Ayoze.


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