Newcastle United winning Bakambu race would be gutting for Everton

Villareal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Villarreal at the Netanya Municipal Stadium in Netanya,...

Newcastle United are keen on Cedric Bakambu, who Everton were linked to in the summer.

Villareal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Villarreal at the Netanya Municipal Stadium in Netanya,...

Everton's failure to sign a striker in the summer has come back to haunt them in a major way as their unbalanced side languishes in the bottom half of the Premier League.

One player who they clearly made a mistake on is Villarreal's Cedric Bakambu, with The Sun reporting in June that he was a top target for the Toffees - but no deal was struck.

Bakambu has gone onto score eight goals in 10 La Liga games this season, also netting once in the Europa League.

Cedric Bakambu of Villarreal CF competes for the ball with Jonas Ramalho of Girona FCduring the La Liga match between Girona and Villarreal at Estadi de Montilivi on October 15, 2017 in...

Now a Premier League rival has entered the hunt, with Marca reporting that Newcastle United have sent scouts to watch him in action.

They will have been impressed with what they saw, especially if they checked out his hat-trick against Eibar in early October.

Cedric Bakambu (L) of Villarreal competes for the ball with Casemiro of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Ceramica on February 26,...

Newcastle are hoping to benefit from a potential takeover - the Daily Star report they could have as much as £100 million to spend in January.

Bakambu would be a sensible player to target straight away, and if they can pull it off then Everton should be even more depressed at their failure to bring him in.

If he is available in January and Villarreal want to cash in, then Everton must return to rival Newcastle for his signature.

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