Fernando Torres is a January target for Rafa Benitez according to various newspaper reports.

The striker has only started one La Liga game all season and is said to be interested in a temporary move away from Atletico Madrid in January.

Even Alan Shearer has been talking (see below) about the possibility and thinks Torres would be a decent signing, even though the player turns 34 in March.

However, Guillem Balague has rubbished the idea.

The Spanish football expert, who knows Rafa Benitez well, says ‘There is nothing at all going on’.

A dream reunion as a newspaper story but based on nothing of substance….?

Guillem Balague:

“About Torres and Newcastle: there is nothing at all going on about it.”

The Mag – Earlier today (16 November 2017):

I hate to say it but Alan Shearer was speaking off the top of his head on this one.

The Newcastle legend not having all the facts/stats to hand when asked about the January transfer window.

Recent media reports in Spain have claimed that Newcastle are interested in signing Fernando Torres on loan in January from Atletico Madrid.

Obviously a decent story in the Spanish newspapers with Rafa Benitez having signed him previously for Liverpool, plus obviously Rafa being Spanish as well, so a reunion makes a nice story.

When asked whether Torres would be a good buy for Newcastle, Alan Shearer is adamant he would be and says NUFC need somebody like him ‘With a bit of pace, who can offer something different, a bit of a presence who can sniff out a goal.’

Torres scored a remarkable 56 goals in 69 Premier League starts (plus 10 as a sub) under Benitez at Liverpool BUT that is not the Fernando Torres Newcastle would be signing.

Newcastle definitely need extra goals from somewhere but turning 34 in March, would Fernando Torres be the answer?

Since parting ways with Rafa Benitez, the following seven seasons saw 11 goals being the best league return for Torres, that coming in 2015/16.

In his limited time on the pitch this campaign, the Atletico Madrid forward has failed to score so far in all competitions.

Torres has made only one start in La Liga and whilst obviously a talented goalscorer back at Liverpool under Rafa, it is very dubious he could do it now in the Premier League.

Maybe worthwhile as a supersub but guessing that any wages/loan fee would make that a very expensive someone sitting on the bench that Mike Ashley wouldn’t agree to, if by January he is still here…

Alan Shearer asked if Fernando Torres would be a good signing for Newcastle in January (speaking to Coral):

“Yes he would be.

“That is one of the area which Newcastle are struggling with at this moment in time – scoring goals.

“They have Mitrovic, Joselu and Gayle, all three have different qualities and if we could put them altogether, we would have a top striker.

“Unfortunately you can’t do that and I do think we need additions in that striker department.

“Someone with a bit of pace, who can offer something different, a bit of a presence who can sniff out a goal.

“That is what makes a difference at the bottom of the table…if you have got a guy who can get you 10 to 15 league goals a season.

“You will ten climb (an extra) seven or eight places in the Premier League and that is what Newcastle need – I think he would be a good addition.

“Rafa knows him and he knows Rafa, if he is available then I think he will do a decent job at Newcastle.”