Newcastle face Premier League competition in race to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic

Leicester have reportedly made a £10m bid for Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Leicester City are struggling at both ends of the pitch right now, but finding a goalscorer in January has to be a priority for Nigel Pearson - or whoever is in charge next month.

Pearson is under pressure after a terrible run of form, with Leonardo Ulloa's goals drying up over the past two months, and finding an alternative to the former Brighton man is a must.

Ulloa cost the Foxes £8m in the summer, but now reports suggest that the club are ready to sanction even more spending by offering £10m for Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The 20-year-old Serbian is the prototypical target man, possessing great strength and aerial ability, which he has used to devastating effect since joining Anderlecht from Partizan Belgrade in 2013.

Mitrovic hit 16 goals in 39 games last season, drawing interest from Liverpool in the process, whilst he's bagged 12 goals in 24 appearances this term to further demonstrate his goalscoring prowess.

After being spurned by Croatian hitman Andrej Kramaric, Leicester have turned their attention to Mitrovic - but they face a big fight with Newcastle for his signature.

The Magpies are leading the race for his signature, having sent scouts to watch Mitrovic in action against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night - a game in which Mitrovic scored a late equaliser with a thumping header.

Alan Pardew's men are seeking a partner for Ayoze Perez having seen summer signings Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra struggle this season, and they must be confident of beating Leicester to his signature given the fortunes of Leicester compared to their own.

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