Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could be nearing a move to Newcastle, according to his former president.
Former Partizan Belgrade president Dragan Djuric has told Serbian newspaper Mondo that striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's rumoured move to Newcastle is a 'done deal'.
Mitrovic, 20, made his name with Partizan having scored 18 goals in 42 games, but he left his native Serbia for Belgian side Anderlecht in 2013.
A big, physical target man-type striker, Mitrovic has continued to find the back of the net on a regular basis, hitting 42 goals in 87 games as his reputation continues to grow.
As was the case with former Anderlecht striking sensation Romelu Lukaku, Premier League interest in Mitrovic is growing, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Newcastle had agreed a £15m fee to sign the forward this summer.
The Magpies are certainly in need of striking help after the failed signings of Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra, with Mitrovic's sensational record in Serbia and Belgium giving fans hope of a consistent goalscorer - if he signs, of course.
Now, the man who sold Mitrovic to Anderlecht - former Partizan president Djuric - says that he has been told Mitrovic will be sold to Newcastle, and thanks to a sell-on clause, the Serbian club will make an extra €3.5m - and unsurprisingly, he is patting himself on the back about that.
"All of you criticised me when I sold Mitrovic, and now it turns out that it was an excellent move," Djuric is quoted as saying. "We sold him for €5m and now Partizan will gain another €3.4m - a total of €8.4 million of one player. According to my information, the transfer of Mitrovic to Newcastle is a done deal, it is a matter of time before he signs," he added.
Djuric no doubt still has connections with Mitrovic and his agent having come up through the ranks during his reign at Partizan - and whilst he may be reliable given his contacts, Newcastle fans may be wary of counting their chickens with Mitrovic, who is also a target for Manchester United, according to Tutto Mercato Web.