Newcastle 'will definitely make' big signing at St James' Park

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Newcastle United are ‘definitely going to sign a striker’ in what remains of the current transfer window, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Magpies have successfully strengthened their defensive options this summer but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to add some additional firepower to their forward line.

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Last season, Callum Wilson was Newcastle’s top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals despite starting just 16 games due to injury problems.

And January signing Chris Wood only managed to find the back of the net on two occasions in his 17 top-flight outings for the North East outfit following his £25 million switch from Burnley.

Those uninspiring tallies saw Newcastle attempt to bring in Hugo Ekitike from Stade Reims before the youngster opted to join Paris Saint-Germain instead, forcing Eddie Howe to move onto alternative targets.

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However, Newcastle are yet to make a formal offer for another striker despite being credited with an interest in several players.

Howe has admitted that he is ‘still looking’ for one or two more attacking acquisitions who can make a difference in the final third of the pitch, though, indicating that there will be some activity at St. James’ Park before September’s deadline.

What has Jones said about Newcastle?

Chelsea’s Armando Broja is one forward who has been heavily linked to Newcastle, yet Jones believes the Blues ‘need him’ at the moment due to their lack of options upfront.

In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “It’s tough with Broja because Chelsea haven’t got any depth at the moment, they need him, and they can’t let him out.

“So, it’s a bit frustrating for clubs that are interested in him. I mean, Newcastle are definitely going to sign a striker, I’m not in really any doubt about that.”

Who could Newcastle sign?

Jones has previously informed GMS that Newcastle are readying an offer for Marseille’s Bamba Dieng.

90min have claimed that Howe’s charges are one of several sides interested in the 22-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at the Stade Vélodrome under new manager Igor Tudor.

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And Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has also stated that a ‘number of Premier League clubs’ are interested in Dieng as he fears how Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Marseille will impact his game time.

The Senegal international racked up 11 goal contributions in 36 appearances last season and could be a valuable asset for Newcastle to call upon.

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