Newcastle 'line up' Marcus Rashford loan as Aleksandar Mitrovic nets hat-trick

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

Newcastle United have been linked with a loan move for Marcus Rashford.

The Manchester United striker is heading to the World Cup with England.

However, the 20-year-old – who netted against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday night – found his starts at club level limited last season.

And the Daily Mail claim that Everton, Leicester and Newcastle "are among those lining up to take him on loan".

United manager Rafa Benitez, frustrated at an impasse in transfer and contract talks with the club's hierarchy, is looking to strengthen his striking options this summer.

However, it is unclear whether Man United manager Jose Mourinho would be prepared to loan Rashford out next season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Benitez, meanwhile, will look to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.

Mitrovic has hit form since January, when he joined Fulham on loan.

And the striker – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham – scored a hat-trick for Serbia in their final warm-up game against Bolivia in Austria today.

Newcastle will demand upwards of £20million for the 23-year-old, who has been on the fringes under Benitez.