What is happening with Newcastle United's striker chase? Magpies casting the net wide; Newcastle United are looking to foreign shores as well as the Championship as domestic prices go skywards.
Byline: Mark Douglas
Newcastle United might have to look abroad in their search for a striker to add more goals to their promotion bid.
Yesterday's defeat to Huddersfield illustrated the desperate need for a forward. Newcastle looked toothless against a Huddersfield side who took their chances and had much more attacking intent.
Having mainly shopped in the Championship and Premier League over the summer, the club have found the domestic market tougher to discover value for money in when it comes to bringing in a striker.
United have cast the net looking for forward options and were frustrated in their attempts to sign Anthony Knockaert. Enquiries about a striker are hardly bearing any more fruit -- Huddersfield Town are asking for more than [pounds sterling]8 million for Nahki Wells, who has not played higher than Championship level.
United have thrown around a lot of names when it comes to bringing in a striker. Patrick Bamford of Chelsea is another who has been mooted, but the wages and fees are not considered value for money at this stage -- especially when the references from Norwich and Crystal Palace haven't been particularly favourable.
They were heavily linked with Fernando Forestieri on Saturday by some trusted sources and the forward didn't travel with Sheffield Wednesday to Norwich -- although chatter in East Anglia about United's interest wasn't at the same volume on Tyneside. That is definitely one to watch this week, though.
The inflated domestic market may influence Newcastle's thinking in these final, crucial days of the transfer window.
Newcastle still have Graham Carr on the staff and despite his sidelined role, he still retains good contacts.
Anderlecht's Idrissa Scylla is a player United HAVE considered. His agents have been contacted several times about a possible switch to Tyneside and at 25 and possessing international experience, there's potential for him to make a positive impact in the second tier.
United boss Rafa Benitez is also aware of Mariano Diaz, the Real Madrid striker who needs to move for guaranteed first team football. The 23-year-old has shown rich promise and there is certainly potential there -- but it would be a risk to bring in a player who has not played more than lower league football in Spain.
And that is why United are yet to move for a forward. While they clearly need someone else to shoulder the goalscoring burden they don't want to end up bringing in another Seydou Doumbia, who was not fit for purpose. Benitez would probably prefer the domestic market but needs must, and the inflated prices this summer are forcing the club to explore all of their options.
Newcastle United's Manager Rafael Benitez during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town at St.James Park on August 13, 2016, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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|Publication:||The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)|
|Date:||Aug 14, 2016|
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