Newcastle United are struggling to find a striker in the ‘mould’ that they are looking for.
That’s according to Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie, who was speaking amid the Toon’s continued search for a centre-forward.
Eddie Howe is yet to bolster his attack this summer, but journalist Luke Edwards has tipped the club to make a ‘big splurge’ before the transfer window closes.
Armando Broja has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside, while RB Salzburg hotshot Benjamin Sesko is also on the radar.
However, light has now been shed on their pursuit for a major arrival at the top end of the pitch.
Downie told GiveMeSport: “There are very few strikers out there available in the mould that they are looking for. I spoke to a few different agents and people involved in trying to do deals with strikers in this window and there are just so few out there.”
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Transfer guru Dean Jones has previously claimed that the north-east club are still aiming to bring in a centre-midfielder, a centre-forward and a wide player, but while Timo Werner – of whom they are interested – would fill their desires going forward, it would appear that the Magpies are seeking a younger striker, having heavily pursued 20-year-olf French starlet Hugo Ekitike.
However, if their struggles continue to find the appropriate piece of the jigsaw, it could force them down a different route and we could see a major name for the here and now arrive at St James’ Park late in the window.