Newcastle were linked with a summer move for striker Benik Afobe but put off by the price tag.

The 22 year old Wolves striker was the subject of a number of bids from Norwich, with the final one rejected being £8m, the midlands team holding out for £14m which based solely on Afobe’s achievements so far, looked a bit optimistic…

However, with strikers attracting an ever higher premium, it is now reported by the Sunday People that Newcastle are considering making a bid in January.

Benik Afobe is the latest in a long line of strikers to come through the system at Arsenal and fail to get a chance due to the level of competition.

The now 22 year old had been on a succession of loans and first attracted attention when scoring twice for MK Dons when they knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup.

Joining Wolves in January on a permanent deal, Benik Afobe scored 13 Championship goals in only 20 starts, then has followed that up with another five in 10 this season.

Mitrovic showed in the first half at Manchester City yesterday that he is capable of leading the line for Newcastle but with Cisse looking poor and disinterested this season, United are desperate for extra goals in the squad.

Ayoze Perez is a versatile player but not an out and out striker, so whether it is Benik Afobe or whoever, Newcastle desperately need to bring in another option in January.