Report: Newcastle want Aston Villa target

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United enter the race to sign the reported Aston Villa target, say reports.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Gimnastic striker and reported Aston Villa target Naranjo, according to Cadena Ser.

Both clubs will be looking to fight their way back into the Premier League next season following their respective relegation to the Championship.

Cadena Ser have claimed that Aston Villa have already bid for the 21-year-old - who scored 15 times in the Segunda Division last season - but the report has suggested that Newcastle are "best positioned" in the race for his signature.

Real Betis and Celta Vigo are also interested, according to the Spanish outlet.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The Spanish ace has a £2.3 million buyout clause which Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is willing to meet as the former Liverpool coach looks to bolster his forward line.

Whether it's Ayoze Perez or Aleksandar Mitrovic, Benitez has a couple of talented strikers in his ranks, but it remains to be seen which of them, if any, keeps faith with the Magpies following their demotion to the second tier.

Aston Villa are not blessed with a prolific goalscorer but newly-appointed manager Roberto Di Matteo will definitely need one if he wants to win promotion next term.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Aston Villa finished bottom of the Premier League with a meagre 17 points last term - a season which saw Tim Sherwood and his replacement Remi Garde both sacked as manager.

Benitez, meanwhile, replaced Steve McClaren in March but, despite his experience, he was unable to inspire United to survival.

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