West Ham are looking at Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as a potential January signing, according to the Daily Express.
With just three goals scored by the club’s strikers since May, someone capable of firing the club up the Premier League table will undoubtedly be high on Slaven Bilic’s priorities this winter.
The Express claim that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez could be tempted to part ways with the Serbia international should the Hammers at least match the £14.5m fee they paid to bring him to St. James’ Park in 2015.
This season, Mitrovic has netted five goals in just five Championship starts for Newcastle. Although he is currently playing a league below the Hammers, he has also proven his ability to compete at the highest level – he netted nine goals in 34 Premier League outings last season.
His career record currently stands at 83 goals in 207 appearances, which proves he has an eye for the back of the net, while the 22-year-old also has seven goals in 26 caps for Serbia.
Targeting a player like Mitrovic as the man to help fire the club to safety is promising, but Bilic will need to consider the player’s discipline record, too.
The striker has a reputation for being a bit of a hot-head and saw red twice in the Premier League last season.
However, what the youngster would definitely offer the side is passion, determination and, most importantly, a serious goal threat in attack, which is what Bilic’s side has lacked all too often so far in 16/17.
Transfermarkt.com value Mitrovic at £10.2m.