Newcastle interested in January move for Kevin Gameiro – Report
Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Kevin Gameiro according to reports on Thursday morning.
Spanish sports magazine Don Balon claim Newcastle are one of three clubs taking an active interest in signing the striker.
Over the years, Kevin Gameiro was one of those names linked with the Magpies pretty much every transfer window, during his two years at PSG and then three years at Sevilla.
However, after scoring 67 La Liga goals in 144 matches, Gameiro got a big money move to Atletico Madrid, who paid £28m for the player.
Don Balon say that as well as Newcastle, Tottenham and Everton are also watching the French striker ahead of the next transfer window.
Newcastle are desperate for a quality striker and Kevin Gameiro must be assessing his options now, he has started only three La Liga matches this season with the likes of Griezmann for competition, and Diego Costa becomes available to play as well when we hit January.
There is no doubt he would represent a far better option for Rafa Benitez but if there is genuine interest, then any potential move could surely only happen if a takeover at Newcastle United is successful first.
Kevin Gameiro turns 31 in May but only 18 months after paying £28m, Atletico Madrid aren’t going to be allowing him to leave for a pittance.
In his time at Atletico the forward has scored 20 goals in 56 appearances and would certainly provide a better chance of goals than Fernando Torres (turns 34 in March), Gameiro’s teammate who Newcastle were recently linked with in a Benitez/Torres reunion story.
Everybody is looking for goalscorers and Newcastle are desperate for better quality up front.
Tuesday night was only the latest match that showed the weakness in the striking department, Newcastle saved a point at West Brom thanks to two set-pieces, with an own goal and a Ciaran Clark header – both from Matt Ritchie deliveries, ensuring a valuable 2-2 draw.
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