Newcastle United are braced for a crucial few months in the Premier League, as the Magpies aim to get back-on-track after a period of just one victory from their last five matches.
Back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth ahead of the international break saw Rafael Benitez’s side slip into the bottom-half of the table and a return of just three goals in five matches has proven once again that the current quota of strikers is sub-par.
Benitez is therefore looking to bolster his attacking ranks in the January transfer window and looks set to benefit from a new board on Tyneside, who will back the Spaniard in the manager and provide funds for a potential marquee signing.
As such, Spanish outlet Marca report that Newcastle have joined fellow Premier League side West Ham in the race for the services of Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu, who scored a phenomenal 22 goals for the yellow submarines last season.
Bakambu has carried his fine form into this season, boasting nine goals in just 14 appearances, and his signature certainly won’t come cheap. However, Newcastle will be optimistic given their potential financial status.
West Ham will prove to be difficult to battle against in the market though, despite the Hammers currently sat in the relegation zone, as they can offer the chance to live in the capital- which may be considered a better environment for the Congolese international.