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Fernando Torres’ arrival as a free agent at Newcastle United would suit all parties

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According to reports this week from Spanish outlet Marca, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is open to the idea of Fernando Torres joining him on Tyneside next season.

The 34-year-old striker recently played his last game for Atletico Madrid, scoring twice for his boyhood club in the team’s 2-2 draw against Eibar in the final round of La Liga fixtures.

He also ended his final season at his boyhood club with a trophy as he lifted the Europa League after Los Colchoneros beat Marseille 3-0 in the final.

El Nino has proven he can score goals both in the Premier League and La Liga, arguably the two best leagues in the world, and the Magpies should jump at the chance to have him in their squad.

Newcastle are crying out for a prolific goalscorer after Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester proved to be a disaster, and the arrival of Joselu was one of the most disappointing transfers of the season.

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Ayoze Perez was the club’s top-scorer with 10 goals, despite being a centre-forward rather than an out-and-out goalscorer.

At 34, Torres is by no means a long-term option but, as a free transfer, the Spanish forward is definitely worth the gamble.

It was Benitez, after all, that got the form out of Torres that saw him as one of the world’s most formidable strikers.

The former Merseyside hero scored 72 goals in 116 games for Benitez at Liverpool and he may be tempted into a reunion.

Age is but a number, even in the Premier League, and Newcastle fans should look no further than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was able to set England alight in his first season at 35.

Torres was once world-class and one final move may see the quality that made the Madrid striker one of the most recognised names in world football.

Newcastle need to score more goals to improve on their impressive 10th place finish and securing Torres would help in achieving just that. Also, as a free transfer, it still allows Benitez to go and spend money elsewhere.

A move for Benitez’s fellow countryman could get supporters very excited.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Mathew Nash

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Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United’s move for Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew makes sense

The £13 million man would certainly improve the attack at Newcastle.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are said to be lining up a move to land Swansea City’s talented forward Jordan Ayew this summer, as Rafa Benitez looks to bolster the attacking threat at St James’ Park next term, according to reports from Ghana Web.

The Ghanaian is said to be available for around £13 million after being relegated with the Swans last season and Newcastle are interested in securing his services, with the purse strings likely to be tight again on Tyneside in this window.

Although his goal-scoring record is far from prolific to date, with him having netted 11 goals in 44 appearances at the Liberty Stadium last campaign, the 26-year-old undoubtedly brings more than just goals to the table.

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Despite lacking a physical presence in the centre of the attacking third, Ayew’s control and low centre of gravity allow him to gather the ball into his feet and turn defenders more often than not, with his stop-start acceleration also allowing him to breeze past defensive counterparts. And he looked both stylish and effective for Swansea all season, in a seriously struggling outfit.

Benitez is unlikely to revisit negotiations to land Chelsea loanee Kenedy again this window, as his parent club have slapped a hefty £20 million fee on his signature, and are reportedly not keen on the idea of another loan, according to the Chronicle. As a result further attacking additions are vital.

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And Ayew would offer similar attributes to the Brazilian, despite plying his trade centrally. His balance and speed are reminiscent of Kenedy, and with Newcastle’s tendency to sit-deep against tough opposition, Ayew would offer the counter-attacking threat Kenedy gave them beyond January.

Ayew’s willingness to run the channels, and quality movement would give Newcastle an option to ease pressure on the defence, while his speed and quality on the ball would still allow for swift counterattacks seen towards the run in, dovetailing with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle.

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