Are Newcastle United missing a trick as Crystal Palace reportedly open Khouma Babacar talks?

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks dejected following defeat during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on October 30, 2017 in Burnley,...

Khouma Babacar has discussed a move to Crystal Palace but Newcastle must join the chase for the Fiorentina striker.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 25, 2017 in Florence,...

With a striker top of Newcastle United’s January wishlist, surely a player who scored 10 goals in 13 league starts last season should be on their radar?

Yet, Newcastle are conspicuous by their absence as Premier League rivals attempt to lure Khouma Babacar to English football in the January transfer window.

La Viola News reported on Tuesday that Crystal Palace have held talks with the Fiorentina striker’s agent while West Brom and Brighton are also waiting in the wings.

Khouma Babacar of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina v FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 22, 2017 in Florence,...

Babacar rejected the chance to move to England in the summer but, after failing to start a single Serie A game all season under new coach Stefano Pioli, it is understood that he would give thought to a departure from the Stadio Artemio Franchi in January.

And Palace's need for attacking options is even greater than Newcastle's. The Eagles are bottom of the table with four points and four goals to their name after 11 matches.

On paper, the 24-year-old would be the perfect addition for Newcastle, however. He’s a typical, physical frontman who leads the line well and could prove a perfect fit for a side who tend to sit back and attack on the break.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Newcastle...

And while Babacar has never started more than 15 games in a single league campaign, his goalscoring record is still eye-catching. He has 28 goals in 41 starts for the Florence-based club and, at the age of just 24, has plenty of potential and room for improvement.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic up for sale in January according to The Chronicle, Joselu and Dwight Gayle failing to prove that they are Premier League quality, it makes sense for Newcastle to join the chase for Babacar in January.

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