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Report: Newcastle United expect striker chase to last until deadline day

Newcastle United are desperate to add a new number nine to their ranks in January.

According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United are expecting their search for a striker to go down to deadline day.

Steve McClaren is keen to add a front man to his ranks at St. James’ Park, and he is still planning on making bids before the end of the month.

Newcastle have an interest in Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion and Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, but deals to sign either of the pair have proven problematic.

West Brom are reluctant to part ways with Berahino, while Lacazette does not appear to fancy a move to the Magpies.

Newcastle also have Crystal Palace hitman Dwight Gayle and Swansea City forward Bafetimbi Gomis on their wishlist, according to the Daily Mail.

McClaren is determined to bring in a new number nine, as he believes that signing a striker will complete his Newcastle jigsaw, but he is not worried about having to wait.

Newcastle are prepared to wait until the last minute to strike, to ensure that get their intended target.

The Magpies have already signed Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend this month - giving their squad a much stronger look.

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