Newcastle linked with Cardiff City £8m Premier League flop

The Magpies are rumoured to be tracking former Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius with a view to signing the Danish target man from FC Copenhagen.

Newcastle United could be lining up a surprise move for former Cardiff City misfit Andreas Cornelius, amid reports from Wales Online suggesting chief scout Graham Carr recently paid a visit to Copenhagen to see the 21-year-old in action.

The 6 ft 4 in target man was signed by the Bluebirds for a club record £8 million last summer, after scoring 18 goals in 34 league games during his first stint at Danish club FC Copenhagen.

But Cornelius struggled to adapt to life at the Cardiff City Stadium, featuring just eight times for the club without scoring a goal, before being sent back to Denmark where he re-signed for Copenhagen as part of a deal that saw his previous Premier League employers incur a loss.

Since returning to Scandinavia, however, the 21-year-old has rediscovered his scoring touch with eight goals in 17 domestic appearances for the Lions.

And that form could be enough to convince the Magpies to move for the forward, with Newcastle keen to end the current mini-crisis they are enduring in front of goal.

The Toon have so far failed to get off the mark in the Premier League, despite the arrival of goalscoring reinforcements in the form of Emmanuel Riviere, Facundo Ferreyra and Ayoze Perez.

Cornelius could offer the club a more substantial aerial threat than those three, though the timing of his arrival could not be much worse, given the ongoing issues surrounding his previous club Cardiff City and the manager that signed him for the Welsh side, Malky Mackay.

The Scot came in for heavy criticism over the deal, with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan unhappy at the significant transfer fee shelled out for a player that failed to find form in the Premier League.

Despite Mackay departing the club several months ago, fresh allegations of misconduct during his time at Cardiff have brought the Cornelius deal back into focus and could ultimately put Newcastle off making an approach.

But with time running out to sign a new striker, the Toon hierarchy could yet decide that the Dane is a risk worth taking.

Check out Cornelius' first goal on his return to Denmark - did Cardiff give up too soon on the youngster?

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