Date: 9th July 2019 at 4:30pm
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have narrowed their forwards shortlist down to two players, according to the Shields Gazette.

The newspaper claim on their website that two strikers have been targeted to replace Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon next season – the Magpies’ top scorers last season.

The Shield Gazette report that head of recruitment, Steve Nickson, has compiled the list of options from both England and Europe in their hunt.

Nickson is working closely with Lee Charnley on transfers despite the fact that Newcastle are currently managerless after Rafael Benitez’ departure.

Perez recently left St James’ Park to join Leicester City, with the BBC reporting the deal was worth £30million.

OPINION

This is a step in the right direction for Newcastle, but their fans will know better than anyone not to get too excited regarding this news. If anything, this news has probably come a month too late, with the Magpies being the only side in the entire Premier League to not make a signing so far, which could highlight a lack of ambition from Mike Ashley – something everyone in the North East has experienced before. Losing both Perez and Rondon was a huge blow after the influential pair formed a great partnership with Miguel Almiron. The Spaniard formed a great duo with the West Brom loanee assisting six of Perez’ goals – the second best in the Premier League. [WhoScored] That leaves whoever is in charge of the club with only two strikers in Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto. That would not be good enough for survival in the top flight, never mind pushing to improve on the mid-table finish last season.