Aleksandar Mitrovic's Newcastle future in the balance as club bid for striker

Brighton and Hove Albion have tabled a bid for Aleksandar Mitrovic '“ as Newcastle United close in on a striker.

Wednesday, 24th January 2018, 5:00 am
Aleksandar Mitrovic

The offer for Mitrovic is understood to fall short of the club’s £15million valuation.

United manager Rafa Benitez is not prepared to sell Mitrovic unless a replacement can be secured before the January 31 transfer deadline.

Mitrovic, unhappy with his playing time this season, is ready to quit the club this month.

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The Serbia international wants to be playing week in, week out ahead of the summer’s World Cup finals.

Speaking to the Gazette in November, the 23-year-old said: “I’m patient, but we will see.

“My patience is almost to the end. I want to play. I want to be on the pitch.

“If you want to do something there (at the World Cup), you have to be ready.

“If I want to be ready, I have to play games and to be on the pitch scoring goals.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle have reportedly made a £20million bid for an unnamed striker.

Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, 29, is among the club’s targets.