Report: Newcastle United offer Aleksandar Mitrovic as makeweight for Cenk Tosun

(L-R) Aleksandar Mitrovic, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jack Colback of Newcastle United look dejected as Wayne Rooney of Manchester United scores their first goal from the penalty spot during...

Newcastle United have reportedly tried to kill two birds with one stone.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super league football match between Besiktas and Osmanlispor on June 3, 2017...

According to Turkish publication DHA, Newcastle United have offered Aleksandar Mitrovic and £9 million in exchange for in-form Besiktas hitman Cenk Tosun.

The 26-year-old striker has, according to Fanatik, courted interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks after hitting nine goals in 15 games across all competitions for the Turkish giants this season.

The Star reported last month that Newcastle were readying a £15 million January bid for Tosun.

Besiktas' forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Monaco and Besiktas on October 17, 2017 in Monaco.

But DHA have claimed this morning that the Magpies have offered £9 million and Mitrovic as a makeweight in their attempts to lure him to St James's Park this winter.

The report goes on to state that Crystal Palace have offered around £10.7 million.

Mitrovic has been reduced to making cameo appearances under United boss Rafael Benitez after picking up a three-match ban following the 3-0 win over West Ham United back in August.

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.

In an interview with the Shields Gazette last week, the 23-year-old, who has played just 70 minutes of Premier League football this season, suggested that he could leave the club in January to preserve his hopes of going to the World Cup with Serbia in the summer.

By the look of things, Tosun, who managed 26 goals for club and country last season, would certainly be an improvement on Newcastle's existing options, with Dwight Gayle and Joselu managing three goals between them.

Offloading the troublesome Mitrovic whilst attaining a lethal striker would be killing two birds with one stone for Benitez and fans of the Tyneside club should be excited - if it materialises.

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