Rafael Benitez might not be a fan of Aleksandar Mitrovic but there are plenty of other Premier League managers who would jump at the chance of working with the hothead Serb.
The Chronicle reported earlier this month that Newcastle United could look to offload the striker in the January transfer window after failing to find a buyer in the summer.
Mitrovic has never managed to win over Benitez on Tyneside thanks largely to an unhelpful habit of losing his head. Since picking up a three match man for an elbow on West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini back in August, he has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football.
Though the 23-year-old, who cost Newcastle £13 million when signing from Anderlecht in 2015 according to the BBC, could find opportunities far easier to come by on the South Coast.
Brighton’s interest in Mitrovic has been known for some time but The Guardian reports that local rivals Southampton are also interested in handing the youngster a fresh start.
After tallying just nine goals in their first 11 games of the season, it appears that The Saints would be willing to overlook Mitrovic’s baggage in favour of his goal threat.
Mitrovic scored nine goals in 22 starts during a positive debut season in the Premier League back in 2015/16 and could thrive on the service provided at St Mary’s by the likes of Ryan Bertrand and Dusan Tadic.
And the striker would be a welcome addition for under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino. The Spaniard has struggled to get the best out of Manolo Gabbiadini while Shane Long has not scored a goal for club or country since the spring.