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Report: Newcastle eyeing £14m striker who’s ‘crazy about scoring goals’, Steve Bruce a big fan

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Report: Newcastle eyeing £14m striker who’s ‘crazy about scoring goals’, Steve Bruce a big fan

Newcastle United have reportedly set their sights on Montpellier striker Andy Delort, according to Le Buteur and The Sun.

The Algeria international, who was part of the squad that won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, has eight goals and six assists from 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

Delort’s attacking partnership with Gaetan Laborde has been particularly impressive, and currently only three teams have scored more than Montpellier’s 31 goals in the division.

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Le Buteur claims that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has been left impressed by the 29-year-old’s profile and statistics and feels he could potentially provide a boost to his squad.

However, the outlet also says Premier League rivals Wolves are also in the race and have actually made a “serious offer” as they look to replace the sidelined Raul Jimenez.

The Sun, meanwhile, claims that Delort is valued at £14million.

Delort was at Wigan six seasons ago but he struggled at the DW Stadium, failing to score in 11 appearances.

 

However, he got his career back on track with Tours, Caen, Mexican club Tigres UANL and Toulouse, before joining Montpellier in 2018.

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Newcastle have really struggled in the final third this season, as shown by their tally of 18 goals from 17 league games.

Delort, meanwhile, has done really well at Montpellier and, if he wanted to have another chance in English football after his fruitless spell at Wigan, the Magpies are certainly a team that could use his talents.

His attitude and desire to score is just what Newcastle need too – he told the Ligue 1 show in 2018: “I’m crazy about scoring goals. If I see a ball and a goal I feel compelled to shoot.

“Just this morning I got shouted at for doing that! I always need see that bulge or hear the ball hit the net. It’s a drug I’m addicted to.”

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