Newcastle United are considering a January move for Michy Batshuayi according to claims this morning.

The Marseille striker turns 22 on Friday and is now first choice following the departure of supposed one-time target Andre-Pierre Gignac in the summer.

The Chronicle say that they understand that Newcastle have had Batshuayi watched, with the forward impressing as he has scored five Ligue 1 goals in seven starts this season.

Marseille signed him in summer 2014 for around £4.5m after he scored for fun in Belgium, starting 73 league matches and scoring 39 goals.

Last season Michy Batshuayi was used almost exclusively as a substitute but still scored nine Ligue 1 goals despite starting only six league games.

Earlier this year he received his first call-up for the senior Belgium side and made a dramatic debut.

After only three minutes of football for his country, Batshuayi scored against Cyprus, making it a 5-0 win in the European Championships qualifier.

With Newcastle clearly looking closely at the leagues in Belgium and Holland in recent times, it woudl appear likely that he will have been watched by Newcastle even prior to his move to Marseille last summer.

The right footed striker is under six foot tall so if there is any substance to the story, he would feasibly be a striker to play with Mitrovic, rather than as an alternative.

Considering the number of times Newcastle are linked with their players, it sounds as though Grahan Carr must have a season ticket there these days…