Why Newcastle must try to beat QPR to Portugal striker

A target man by trade, Hugo Almeida boasts a solid goalscoring record at previous club Besiktas and could help plug the gap left by Siem de Jong’s injury

Queens Park Rangers may currently be pursuing a deal for out-of-contract striker Hugo Almeida but Newcastle United would be wise to hijack any deal for the 30-year-old Portugal international, who could be the man to help them recover from a poor start to the season.

The Magpies were thought to be in the market for a new striker this summer, despite recruiting Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra before the start of the season.

Lyon youngster Alexandre Lacazette was thought to be top of the Toon shopping list, with the club offering as much as £16 million to bring the French forward to St James’ Park.

But with the Ligue 1 side rebuffing any offers for the 23-year-old, Newcastle were left high and dry in their search for a proven goalscorer.

With the transfer window now closed, the club’s only option would be to recruit a free agent and there are few viable options available.

Former Valencia star Jonas, who was released by the Spanish club at the end of last season, would have been the ideal man to fill in for Siem de Jong after the Dutchman was ruled out until the start of next year.

But with Benfica and Tottenham currently leading to battle to sign the 30-year-old Brazilian, Newcastle must now look elsewhere.

One potential option is Almeida, who was released by Besiktas last season and is currently being linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers.

The 30-year-old target man enjoyed a solid final season in the Super Lig with the Turkish club, scoring 13 goals in 31 appearances.

A strong striker with excellent aerial ability, he could be the ideal striker to utilise the exciting attacking talents of Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons out on the wings.

And a return to form and goals at Newcastle could help Almeida force his way back into Portugal’s plans at international level.

The 30-year-old featured for Portugal fleetingly at the World Cup, with injury forcing him off early against Germany in their group opener.

Newcastle may need to move quickly for the forward, however, with QPR one of several clubs linked to the goal-poacher.

Check out some of Almeida's finest moments from last season - should Newcastle sign him?

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