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TBR view: Newcastle should avoid competing with Bournemouth for former Chelsea striker

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TBR view: Newcastle should avoid competing with Bournemouth for former Chelsea striker

Newcastle have had some real trouble in front of goal this season. Summer signing Joelinton has just one league goal and the club are one of the lowest scoring sides in the Premier League. Several names have been linked with the club, but one they should stay clear of is Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.

The Burkina Faso international is usually deployed in a wide forward position, but can also be deployed centrally. His record since arriving in France is respectable. He has scored 32 goals and provided 16 assists in 115 games for Lyon and would certainly improve the goalscoring threat Newcastle offer.

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However, the price tag for the 24-year-old would be a sizeable one. The Daily Mail has reported that Bournemouth are set to make a £35 million move for the forward, which would be a similar price to what Newcastle forked out for Joelinton in the summer.

 

It would be a big risk for Steve Bruce to take at this point in the season and it could be worth focusing on an out and out striker with more Premier League experience. During his time at Chelsea, he made just 16 appearances, scoring four goals.

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There is no guarantee that he would perform in England. The jump from Ligue 1 to the Premier League is not always a successful one and it is worth considering that Traore has not scored in 16 league appearances this season. He would improve Newcastle’s right side but brings with him a big risk.

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