There is an exclusive report in the Chronicle that Newcastle have set their sights on 20-year-old Nigerian international striker Victor Osimhen.
Like another winter target in Sevilla winger Rony Lopes, Osimhen just joined his current club, Lille, this summer. Unlike Lopes, however, Osimhen is making a significant impact with his new club.
He has already scored 8 goals in his 12 appearances for the French club who are currently 6th in the table. Lille is also the club of summer target Thiago Maia who wished to stay in France to play Champions League football at Lille.
Osimhen joined Lille for £10.8m from Belgian club RS Charleroi, who had just signed the Nigerian permanently after activating a £2.5m option to buy the striker earlier in the summer. He had been on loan in Belgium last season, where he scored 20 goals.
He had previously been at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg but failed to score in his 16 first-team appearances for the club. Newcastle played against Osimhen when he was still with Wolfsburg in a preseason friendly in August of 2017.
He was recently named the Ligue 1 September player of the month. Here is what he had to say to BBC Sport about the award:
“It’s been an amazing time at this club and to get this award is surreal,” Osimhen told BBC Sport.
“I’m grateful to those who voted, thankful to my teammates, our backroom staff and the entire Lille fans for the love.
“I never expected this to happen so soon but I guess this is what comes when you are surrounded by great players, loved ones and the blessings of God.”
Whether the 20-year-old can make the jump up to the Premier League is an unknown. Lille will also not want to sell their newly acquired striker, so his fee is likely to be quite high.
However, he is one to watch and certainly has an eye for goal. He’ll be 21 when January rolls around. With Newcastle looking anemic in front of goal, we expect the club to be scouting quite a few strikers over the next few months.