Alan Pardew wants to buy Aleksandar Mitrovic – Sky Sports
Sky Sports are reporting on Sunday afternoon that their information is that West Brom are trying to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The broadcaster says that their ‘sources’ tell them that Alan Pardew has picked out the Serbian striker as his number one target to help cure their striking woes.
Only Brighton have scored less Premier League goals than West Brom’s total of 19 from 24.
Since Alan Pardew took over in late November, the Baggies have only scored seven goals in the 10 PL matches under him.
With winning only one of those 10 games under Pardew, West Brom find themselves with only Swansea below them.
When he was appointed at the Hawthorns, it was claimed that Alan Pardew had been promised money to spend.
However, to go for his top targets this month, Sky Sports also claim that a buyer for Jonny Evans will have to be found first.
A number of clubs are reported to be interested but Pardew claims nobody has put an offer in yet.
Rafa Benitez clearly has no interest in keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic, last season the striker was only given 11 starts in the Championship, then this season it has been not a single one in the Premier League.
His 89 minutes of PL football this season have come in brief substitute appearances and the last of those was against Leicester in early December.
Rafa Benitez repeatedly said that it was a small back problem that had sidelined the former Anderlecht striker but then Mitrovic gave an interview last month when back home in Serbia. In it he claimed that he had never felt fitter and was desperate to be playing football again, saying he needed to find a new club this month.
Whilst Rafa has no use for him, it would still be a big call if he allowed Mitro to move to one of the handful of clubs who are below them in the table. Just maybe it could be a possibility if it then enabled the Newcastle manager to bring in a striker that he does want – NUFC having scored only three more goals than West Brom’s total of 19.
Rafa Benitez has confirmed over the weekend that Mike Ashley has said he will back him with transfers this month but fans will believe it when they see it.
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