Report claims Newcastle have been watching highly-rated Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi

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Newcastle are reportedly monitoring Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United have been watching Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi ahead of what would be an ambitious move from the Magpies.

Newcastle added one striker over the summer in Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the Serbian has yet to open his Premier League account having encountered early disciplinary problems.

That may prompt manager Steve McClaren in to signing another striker in January, and it appears that the Magpies scouts have already been watching potential targets.

The Chronicle report that Marseille's Michy Batshuayi has been watched this season, with the Magpies seemingly considering a move to reunite him with Florian Thauvin on Tyneside.

Batshuayi, 21, joined Marseille from Standard Liege in 2014, and whilst he scored seven goals in a season which mostly consisted of substitute appearances, the Belgian international has smashed five goals in just eight appearances so far this season.

A pacey and powerful striker, Batshuayi would pose a real threat to Premier League defences, and given his age, he has the potential to become a real star in years to come.

The report adds that his goalscoring feats in France this season could price Newcastle out of a move for Batshuayi, so any move may depend on whether owner Mike Ashley is willing to release funds to sign one of Europe's most promising hitmen.

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