Team Talk are reporting that Newcastle are among four Premier League clubs interested in Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie.
Mounie is currently on international duty with Benin in the African Cup of Nations.
Mounie was a £12m signing for Huddersfield in the summer of 2017 from Ligue 1 club Montpellier. He has thus far failed to set the Premier League alight scoring just 11 goals in 63 appearances over the past two seasons.
This past season, which saw Huddersfield make the drop back to the Championship, Mounie managed just 2 goals.
His last season in France, Mounie was able to score a respectable 15 goals but he just has not been able to replicate any such prowess in the superior level of the Premier League. He currently has two years remaining on his contract.
Steve Mounie– Benin International striker
We have to hope that this cannot be who Newcastle will bring in as Rondon’s replacement. We will need someone of equal quality to the Venezuelan and though Mounie is still young at 24, he really doesn’t inspire much confidence.
The good news is that Huddersfield will be reluctant sellers according to a report in the Examiner. Ashley would likely only sanction a deal if he can get an excellent bargain.
With only Dwight Gayle at the club as a striker right now, Newcastle will need to bring in at least two others to be able to compete this season.
Without a manager and with Lee Charnley running the show, it is hard to believe that Newcastle will be quick in getting any reinforcements in.
The other clubs said to be linked to Mounie are Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and Watford.