Newcastle United’s pursuit of AC Milan striker Krzystof Piatek seems to have reached a dead end after the Polish international expressed his desire to play in the Champions League, reported The Sun.

Piatek burst onto the scene last season scoring 22 goals in Serie A for Genoa and then AC Milan following his move there last January.

The reported Newcastle target has found life in the Italian top flight tougher this season having scored only four goals in 2019-20.

However his stats outperform those of any Newcastle striker with no forward having scored more than twice for Steve Bruce’s side.

Bruce claimed recently that the club is expected to make a big signing but hinted that it might not necessarily be a striker.

The Toon Army were looking at Piatek as an alternative to record signing Joelinton, who has found the net only once so far.

Piatek’s place at Milan is also threatened by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the 24-year-old is expected to stay and fight for a place at the club if no move to a Champions League club materialises.

A move to Newcastle would have guaranteed him regular football but it appears that the Pole has his eye on a bigger club.

The Magpies have found goals hard to come by this season and the St James’ Park fans will hope a new striker can be lured to Tyneside in January.

Newcastle are now reportedly pursuing versatile Inter Milan midfielder Valentino Lazaro and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen as Bruce looks to add reinforcements to an injury struck squad.

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