Report: Newcastle enquire about James Wilson

James Wilson celebrates after scoring on his Manchester United debut

Newcastle United have asked Manchester United about the striker, according to reports.

James Wilson celebrates after scoring on his Manchester United debut

Newcastle United have enquired about Manchester United striker James Wilson, according to The Mail.

The Magpies are set to slug it out in the Championship this season and they will need a prolific goalscorer at this level in order to win promotion.

James Wilson celebrates after scoring the first goal for Brighton

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has already recruited Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace but it remains to be seen if the Spaniard wants additional firepower.

The Mail claim that they do after reporting that Newcastle were one of 12 clubs to have asked Manchester United about the 20-year-old's availability.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The report goes on to suggest West Bromwich Albion have also asked about him, which could be a problem given that the Baggies are a Premier League side and Wilson - who spent last season on loan with Championship side Preston - may want top-flight experience.

At the moment, Benitez has Aleksandar Mitrovic and Gayle as forward options, and of course Adam Armstrong although the youngster's short-term future at St James's Park is unclear.

Newcastle kick off their Championship season on August 5 with a visit to London side Fulham.

General view of a poster of new Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez outside the ground

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