Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will go after Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe in January should he be given funds to enhance the squad, reports The Mirror.

The Magpies boss has been insistent in recent times that it would be a “miracle” for the Toon to avoid relegation from the Premier League and is desperate to add some firepower to his struggling side.

Only bottom of the table Huddersfield Town has scored fewer goals than Newcastle this season with Salomon Rondon the only player to score more than twice for the north east side.

Benitez has made Leeds striker Roofe a top priority once the transfer window reopens but it will depend on funds being made available from chairman Mike Ashley, who was hoping to sell the club before the new year.

The Whites have no intention of selling one of their prized assets who has hit 13 goals in 18 games so far this season with the West Yorkshire club mounting a promotion push.

Roofe is contracted with Leeds until 2020 but the Elland Road outfit are wanting to discuss fresh terms with the Walsall-born player that cost them £3million from Oxford United in 2016.

Two years ago, the Whites lost striker Chris Wood to Burnley which curtailed their play-off push but they are determined this time around to keep their best players at the club.

Despite suffering a defeat to Yorkshire rivals Hull City on Boxing Day, Leeds are still three points clear at the top of the Championship and face a Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have won just one of their last seven fixtures but the draw with Watford on Wednesday gives them a three-point gap over the relegation places.

Benitez’s men face an in-form Manchester United side at St James’ Park on January 2 before welcoming Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup three days later.


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