Stats: Which striker would be a better signing for Newcastle?

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Newcastle have been linked with deadline day moves for both Jermain Defoe and Alexandre Lacazette, but which player would be the better signing?

Alan Pardew is keen to add another forward before tonight's transfer deadline and two strikers have already been linked with a move to the club.

Jermain Defoe is expected to return to the Premier League today with Queens Park Rangers his most likely destination, though the Magpies are also thought to be keen on acquiring his services.

The former Spurs man has been playing in MLS with Toronto FC for the past five months but could be set for a return to English football today.

Newcastle are also hoping to finalise a deal to bring Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette to the Premier League after pursuing him for much of the summer.

The Magpies have reportedly had another offer rejected this morning but they may still continue to chase the 23-year-old frontman.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsMins
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon FW 36 15 3 2.33 0.78 17.08 2,896
Jermain Defoe Toronto FC FW 16 11 2 2.94 0.12 12.13 1,317

Lacazette scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 last season with three assists, though Defoe has managed just four fewer goals and one less assist in 20 less appearances.

The Englishman has been in fine form since making the move to Major League Soccer and his decisiveness in the final third would make him a fine signing for any side.

Ryan Nelsen was sacked as Toronto manager last night and Defoe could therefore leave the Canada-based club.

Lacazette is more competent in the air than Defoe, and also made more accurate passes per game as he likes to get more involved with build up play.

Both forwards offer a pacey outlet in attack, and both would strengthen the Magpies frontline if a deal can be reached for either player, though Lacazette is eight years younger than the former Spurs man and that could affect the Magpies thinking.

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