Newcastle United are set to complete a deal to sign Austria Vienna striker Olarenwaju Kayode in the next week, according to Score Nigeria.

The Tyneside outfit have returned to Premier League football after one year in the Championship, with Rafa Benitez keen to strengthen his Magpies squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Newcastle are not blessed with proven centre forwards currently, with Dwight Gayle the St James’ Park club’s main man in attack and Aleksandar Mitrovic as an alternative.

The north east side have been linked with a host of new centre forward over the course of the summer but as yet Benitez has not been able to acquire a number nine to bolster his options.

Kayode is little-known in England but the Nigeria international has a respectable goalscoring return at the last two clubs he has played for.

The 24-year-old scored 23 league goals over two campaigns with Israeli outfit Maccabi Netanya, which earned him a move to Austria Vienna.

Kayode netted 17 goals last season for his current employers, improving on the 13 strikes that he registered in 2015-16.

While an attacking reinforcement would surely be welcomed by the Newcastle fans, the fact that the African centre forward is not proven in a major European league could come as a concern.

The Geordies faithful are dreaming of their club signing a number nine of note, but as the transfer window’s end edges closer, Benitez will need to assess his options to ensure the Tyneside club do not miss out.

Mike Ashley has stated this week that he is struggling to compete financially with a host of the cash-rich clubs in the English top flight, with Newcastle clearly missing out on a number of targets in recent months as a result.

As such, the Tyneside team may have to look to a less-known option such as Kayode to be assured of adding some firepower to their ranks before the end of August.

Newcastle return to Premier League action on Sunday with a difficult start, as they host last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur at St James Park.



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