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Newcastle plot £16m January bid for forward dubbed ‘new Ibrahimovic’

Newcastle remain ‘keen’ on bringing a summer target who has been dubbed the ‘new Ibrahimovic’ to St. James’ Park in January, according to a Spanish report.

Steve Bruce’s side went into the summer transfer window aiming to bring fresh impetus to their forward line.

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Ex-Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson was deemed the perfect man to do just that, and arrived for a fee reported to be in the region of £20m.

Wilson has hit the ground running for The Magpies, notching four goals from his first five league encounters.

Genuine quality in depth is relatively thin on the ground behind the England forward, however, meaning further reinforcements could be on the horizon.

Indeed, Spanish outlet Todofichajes (via Goal) report that Newcastle ‘have retained an interest’ in Fiorentina centre-forward Dusan Vlahovic.

Standing at six-foot-three, The Serbian has been likened to Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the past.

Despite being just 20 years of age, Vlahovic has become a regular in Serie A, amassing 30 league appearances for La Viola last season.

The report states that ‘The Magpies considered a move for the Serbian over the summer’, though ultimately opted to pursue Wilson instead.

Steve Bruce is still said to be ‘keen’ on the youngster, however, and is reportedly ‘ready to make a £16m bid’ for his services in January.


TEAMtalk EXCLUSIVE – Newcastle eyeing Royals defender

Meanwhile, Reading’s brilliant start to the new season has not gone unnoticed and a number of their players, such as captain Liam Moore, are attracting Premier League interest.

With the January window set to open in just 69 days, Premier League sides are starting to formulate their plans.

And TEAMtalk can reveal it is the Royals’ defenders who are garnering the most interest.

Captain Moore has been brilliant, helping them to five clean sheets from their six matches played. A number of top-flight clubs are now looking at bringing him back to the top-flight following his stint with Leicester City.

We understand that Leicester are considering a shock approach for their former star, who came through the youth system. Moore is now seen as one of the best defenders outside the top-flight and Brendan Rodgers is considering an approach.

Wolves, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle are all also keeping close tabs on Moore, 27.

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