Newcastle United are hoping to finish the January transfer window on a high, with The Sun reporting that the Magpies are keen on landing Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer on loan with an option to buy.
Alcacer has struggled for game-time at Westfalenstadion. But his record with Dortmund has been incredibly impressive.
He scored 18 Bundesliga goals in 26 games last season – despite only starting 11 times – and he has managed five goals in 11 league appearances this term.
Once again, he has found it difficult to break into the starting lineup, with five of those outings coming from the bench.
The Sun reports that Newcastle want Alcacer on loan and are battling Valencia for his signature.
It is noted that the Magpies hope to agree a clause that would allow them to buy the striker for £25 million in the summer.
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It is suggested by The Sun that Alcacer is a dream target for Steve Bruce’s men.
Newcastle’s goalless draw with Oxford United highlighted how important it is for the club to sign a new striker before the deadline passes.
But landing Alcacer may not be easy.
The 26-year-old spent more than a decade at Valencia before moving to Barcelona. So you could certainly understand why he may be keen on a return to the Mestalla.
It would be a huge coup for the Magpies if they could bag his signature. His record in Germany is outstanding.
And if he can replicate anything like that strike-rate on Tyneside, £25 million to make the move permanent would certainly be a bargain.