Report: Aleksandar Mitrovic due for Newcastle medical

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The protracted transfer saga looks to be nearing its end, with the Magpies close to getting their man despite rival interest from around Europe.

Newcastle United appear to have secured one of their top summer targets, with Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic due for a medical on Tyneside, according to Sky Sports.

The clubs have reportedly agreed on a £13 million fee and the Serbian striker looks set to join the Magpies despite interest from Porto and Roma.

The 20-year old’s switch had seemed imminent on a number of occasions but reports emerged, from the likes of the Northern Echo, that the player himself was holding out on a move elsewhere, after Newcastle and Anderlecht agreed a fee.

It now appears that he has been persuaded to swap Belgium for England, however, and the Magpies will be hoping to wrap up a deal before the end of the weekend.

Mitrovic enjoyed a fruitful campaign last year - bagging 20 goals - and his arrival would represent a second coup for Steve McClaren this summer, after securing the services of Georginio Wijnaldum last week.

It had been a frustrating start to the transfer window for the Toon Army but things now seem to be picking up pace - and the next few weeks look set to usher in a further flurry of activity on Tyneside. Promising times...?

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