Newcastle United are now close to officially beating off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal, as well as a host of European sides to the signature of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Metro
The Anderlecht forward will cost the Magpies between £11m and £15m, the Metro suggest, and will earn £33,000 a week. However, the Metro report that he could pocket £16,000 for every win Steve McClaren’s side manage, while earning half that amount for every draw.
However, his efforts in his career so far would suggest that he is worth the large amount the St James’ Park outfit are spending on him.
The 20-year-old managed 23 goals in all competitions during the last campaign for the Belgian side, including the stoppage time equaliser when they travelled to the Emirates and found themselves 3-0 down in the Champions League.
And he is set to join his new club at a crucial time, as they narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League. One of the main concerns last season was their inability to put the ball in the back of the net.
Papiss Cisse finished as the club’s top goalscorer in the top flight, but only managed 11 strikes. While Ayoze Perez was second with seven goals to his name.
Having boasted forwards like Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand down the years, the Toon Army will be hoping that they have uncovered their next hero, that is capable of lifting them from the doldrums.