News this week has emerged that Newcastle United are in hot pursuit of two very hot strikers indeed. It is rumoured that Lukas Podolski and Aleksandar Mitrovic are both on Mike Ashley's shopping list in the hope that he can spend the £38 million sitting in the club's bank account - something in which the fans have been protesting over in the previous few weeks.
Metro reported on Tuesday that the Magpies were interested in bringing Anderlecht's goal-hungry forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, to Tyneside whilst the same website revealed that they are also showing signs of interest in Arsenal striker, Lukas Podolski, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan in the Serie A.
Mitrovic, who caused Arsenal some serious discomfort in the Champions League earlier this season by completing a three goal second half comeback, has sparked major interest from a cluster of Premier League teams in the run up to the summer transfer window. New league winners Chelsea are expected to be sniffing around while Swansea and Arsenal also have their ears to the ground.
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It's early days yet and a striking move for the 20-year-old would seem silly as the season is still going on, especially in Newcastle's dire situation, but according to the Daily Mail, the Geordies have agreed a staggering £15 million fee for the Serbian.
As far as Lukas Podolski is concerned, he's heading back to the Emirates Stadium as soon as the Serie A comes to a close after the German has endured a torrid time in Italy, scoring just one goal in fourteen appearances.
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But Arsene Wenger is keen to get his hands clean of the German forward, and with that in mind, Newcastle are certainly on the prowl, with other teams showing interest.
What you might be failing to understand is that Anderlecht are a team who get regular Champions League football. Although a move to the Premier League may be tantalisingly tempting, why would Mitrovic go to a side who could actually be playing Championship football next season.
And if the Magpies manage to escape the drop, why would he want to involve himself in the relegation battle? Surely, if a move by Arsenal or Chelsea was made, he would rather join one of those teams where he would still be playing Champions League football, but also challenging for the Premier League title.
Although Arsenal are looking to get rid of Lukas Podolski, the German forward won't result in joining Newcastle. Put yourself in his shoes. He's unwanted by his current club and has failed in a loan move to Inter Milan. There is a team in his home country - Koln - where the 29-year-old is regarded as a royal character after spending eight years them in total. Wouldn't you want to go to a club that loves you rather than a side who can't wait to get rid of you?
Staying in the Premier League would be the wrong decision for Podolski no matter how much of a good player he is. He struggles to adapt to life in England, and his best future lies in Germany at Koln. I hope for his own sake that he makes the right decision.
One factor that might put Newcastle off signing the former Bayern Munich forward is his outstanding wages. They are going to have to fork out a good £100,000 a week just to have him at the club where he'll probably be sat on the bench every game. It's pointless.
What do you make of this situation Newcastle fans? What does your club need to improve? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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