Newcastle United signing Cedric Bakambu would be their perfect January addition

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu celebrates a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on September 14,...

Newcastle United are in need of a striker, and Cedric Bakambu is in red-hot form.

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu celebrates a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on September 14,...

Marca have suggested that Newcastle United want Cedric Bakambu, and if Rafael Benitez could complete the transfer then it would be a brilliant signing.

Bakambu, who is currently at Villarreal, has scored nine goals in his first 14 matches this term - making him one of the most prolific strikers in La Liga.

The DR Congo international’s pace and power has troubled defences across the league, and his finishing ability has been very eye catching.

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu (L) shoots to score a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on...

Bakambu has a skill set which offers Newcastle exactly what they have been lacking throughout the campaign to date, with Benitez’s side struggling to find a striker of Premier League quality.

Newcastle’s forwards have all struggled for goals this term, with the Magpies generally relying on their defensive strength to pick up points.

Maccabi's Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim (R) vies for the ball with Villareal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu (L) during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Maccabi Tel...

Joselu has offered Newcastle a target to hit, but has rarely looked clinical, while Dwight Gayle has not been picked regularly, and Aleksandar Mitrovic does not seem to feature in Benitez’s plans.

Bakambu’s arrival would give Newcastle a quality hitman to select though, and he could be the perfect option for them in January.

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