Would Aleksandar Mitrovic swap kill two birds for Newcastle United and Southampton?

Mauricio Pellegrino, Manager of Southampton and Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United embrace at full time the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St...

Newcastle United want to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic - and Southampton want to get rid of a few strikers too.

Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton scores their second goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on October 15,...

Southampton could be about to make a very bold approach to solving their goalscoring problems. By selling all three of their strikers in the January transfer window.

The Mail reported on Monday that The Saints’ owner could be willing to listen to offers for Manolo Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin and Shane Ling in the January transfer window.

Gabbiadini (below), a big money signing from Napoli in January, scored six in his first four games for the club but has failed to really fire since, scoring just once from open play since August. Meanwhile, all of Austin’s nine league appearances under Mauricio Pellegrino have come from the bench while Shane Long is without a goal since the spring.

Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton (20) celebrates with team mates as he scores their second goal during the EFL Cup Final match between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium...

But with Premier League rivals Newcastle United also in the market for a new number nine, could there be potential for a swap deal?

After all, The Guardian did report last week that Southampton were interested in offering Newcastle’s out-of-favour frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic in January. The Serb’s firebrand attitude means he has fallen on the wrong side of Rafa Benitez – but proved in 2015/16 that he has the ability to score at a decent rate in England’s top flight.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (R) of Serbia reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.

And with Newcastle seemingly only too willing to sell, perhaps they should kill two birds with one stone and find an immediate replacement for Mitrovic. Gabbiadini, in particular, would be a hugely popular addition with his class and eye for the spectacular – and not to mention the fact that Rafael Benitez knows him from his time at Napoli.

Something to consider for both Southampton and Newcastle perhaps.

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