Newcastle United are considering splashing the cash on highly-rated Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, according to reports in the Mirror.
The 22 year old striker is being lined up by the club’s hierarchy as they try and turn their dismal season around. The Magpies currently lie 17th in the Premier League, with just two wins and ten points from their opening 13 games. They are only one point clear of the drop zone.
Batshuayi, who currently plies his trade in France with Marseilles, has been setting Ligue Un alight this season with a series of scintillating performances. He currently has nine goals in just sixteen appearances.
The Mirror report that Newcastle’s head scout Graham Carr watched the player recently, and was impressed by what he saw. The player is worth around £22 million, but the French side have confirmed they will not settle for less than £35 million.
The player’s form has been attracting interest from around the continent, with the article claiming that several top European sides – as well as North London duo Arsenal and Spurs – are interested in securing his services.
Steve McClaren, Mike Ashley, and Graham Carr are set to discuss the move in more detail over the coming days.