Newcastle have discussed three striker targets as agents bombard club with offers


NEWCASTLE have discussed signing three strikers this summer, who have a combined total of 171 Premier League goals between them.

All three are available on free transfers but also have somewhat questionable injury records and as a result the Magpies are unlikely to consider a serious move for any.

Steve Bruce has taken over from Rafa Benitez and is desperate to add more firepower to Newcastle’s lightweight attack.

Last year’s prolific strike force of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon is no more, as the former was sold to Leicester and the latter followed Benitez to China.

Starsport understands agents have been bombarding Newcastle with calls in the knowledge the club is on the look-out for signings.

This comes at a time when the Magpies have examinined the possibility of bringing in Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll or Daniel Sturridge in recent months.

Carroll was a fan favourite on Tyneside, scoring 31 goals for his boyhood club before being sold to Liverpool for £35m in January 2011.

But Newcastle will err on the side of caution due to the striker’s terrible recent injury problems while at West Ham.

The 30-year-old managed an average of just 17 Premier League appearances over the six years he spent at the east London outfit.

Welbeck, meanwhile, showed glimpses of his finest form last season for Arsenal before his campaign was cut short by a broke ankle.

The former Manchester United star could fulfil a number of roles for Bruce as he can also operate on either wing.

Liverpool decided not to renew Sturridge’s contract after he fell out of favour under Jurgen Klopp last term.

The England international has undoubted goalscoring pedigree and St. James’s Park could be an ideal place for him reinvigorate his career.

Sturridge’s record of 76 goals and 21 assists in 218 top-flight games illustrates how lethal he can be in front of goal on his day.

All three names are likely to command a six-figure weekly wage if they were to join Newcastle.

Joelinton arrived from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee of £40m yesterday.

The deal smashes the previous club record fee of £20m paid for Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United in January.

“I’m really happy to be here,” said Joelinton, who will wear the number nine shirt at St James’ Park.

“I know it is a huge responsibility, the great Alan Shearer, the team’s biggest idol [wore it]. I know it is a big responsibility, but I am prepared.”


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