Premier League strugglers Newcastle United are believed to have expressed an interest in Club Brugge forward Wesley Moraes, according to European media outlet HLN.

The Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is hoping to make significant improvements to his squad in January, as he aims to keep the St James’ Park outfit in the top flight, and it would appear one of his targets is the Brazilian attacker.

The 22-year-old, known just as Wesley, has been in excellent form for the Belgian outfit this season, notching 10 goals and adding another six assists to that total in just 27 appearances.

The forward moved to Brugge from AS Trencin in 2016 and has caught fire in his time with the club. In total he has played 109 times for them, and has found the net on 31 occasions as well as contributing to 10 more strikes.

That sort of form has alerted the attention of a number of clubs to his services, not just Newcastle, and indeed if Benitez is to get his man then he may well have to fend off significant competition for his signature.

West Ham United are believed to be tracking the forward, while Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande and Premier League outfit Cardiff City are said to have had bids rejected for the talented Brazilian.

It is understood that Bruges have turned down more than £20 million for the attacker, who they seem to have no desire to offload, and if that is true the Magpies could be priced out of his services.

Benitez knows he needs to bring in more firepower to his Newcastle squad, with only really Salomon Rondon of his forward core delivering the goods when it comes to scoring goals.

The Magpies must find a way to be more potent in front of goal in the second half of the campaign, but if the possible asking price for Wesley is to be believed, they may have to do so without the Brazilian.


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