Newcastle United close to signing Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Newcastle United could complete their second move of the window a matter of hours after they announced their first.

According to the Mirror, Belgian starlet Alexander Mitrovic is in talks with the Tyneside club over a five-year deal.

Mitrovic's agent Pini Zahavi told Belgian media last night that Newcastle could be a matter of hours away from signing his client after they had put a five-year deal on the table. He stated that all they had left to do was agree a fee with his club, Anderlecht.


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This doesn't mean that Newcastle have had a bid flat out rejected, however; this means that the clubs are bargaining on the price.

This would be another great signing for Newcastle after announcing the signing of Wijnaldum early Saturday morning. Mitrovic has proven himself in the Belgian league, and also in the Champions League something that Arsenal fans will remember all too well.

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Good signing for Newcastle

This deal, however, means that Newcastle will most likely no longer be looking to sign Charlie Austin, which is a shame as the 26-yea- old would have been the perfect fit for Newcastle.

This isn't to say Mitrovic won't be, however. The Belgian is six years younger than Austin, with the young striker bagging himself 20 goals in in 37 appearances in the Pro League last season - a very good haul for a 20-yea- old.

With the addition of Mitrovic, Newcastle would have a solid striker who would be able to bag a decent tally, and with the support that he would have around him he could help lift this team back into the top half of the table rather than down in the relegation battle.

So, if Newcastle bring in Mitrovic, the only first team signing the need for certain would be a centre-back. Don't get me wrong there are a few other places on the team that could be improved but if there was only going to be one more signing it would have to be a centre-back.

Overall, even though we are only a short ways into this summer's transfer window I feel that with this signing and one more first team quality player, Newcastle could go into next season with a decent amount of optimism ahead of their first game against Southampton on Sunday 9 August.

I wonder how the new signings will react when they walk out in front of the 52,000 screaming Gerodie's for the first time - I know I'll be one of them in the stands.

What do you guys think about this signing? Will Mitrovic be able to translate his success in the Pro League to the BPL? Or would you rather we brought in Austin, a more proven Premier League player?

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