Newcastle United signing Dimitri Oberlin would be underwhelming way to start

DIC negotiator Amanda Staveley takes her seat before Liverpool took on Chelsea in their UEFA Champions League semi-final football match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, north...

Newcastle United are said to be keen to snap up Red Bull Salzburg striker Dimitri Oberlin.

Basel's Swiss forward Dimitri Oberlin scores a goal against Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar during the UEFA Champions league Group A football match between FC Basel 1893 and SL...

According to The Sun, Newcastle Unted are readying an offer for Dimitri Oberlin in the January transfer window, but he would hardly be the statement signing Amanda Staveley needs to kick off her regime at St. James’ Park.

Staveley is expected to take over from Mike Ashley at Newcastle in the near future, and provide Rafael Benitez with funds to spend when the transfer window re-opens.

Newcastle are thought to have around £30 million to invest in their squad, and rumours are rife over potential targets.

The latest name to emerge on Benitez’s wishlist in Red Bull Salzburg striker Oberlin, but his arrival would be an underwhelming way to start proceedings under Staveley.

Basel's forward Dimitri Oberlin (L) challenges Benfica's Belgian goalkeeper Mile Svilar (R) during the UEFA Champions League football match SL Benfica vs FC Basel at the Luz stadium in...

Oberlin may have talent, but the hope is that Newcastle will be able to attract a new calibre of player, when Staveley takes over.

Newcastle would surely have been able to snap up a player like Oberlin, even while Ashley remained at the helm, and they arguably need better right now.

Basel's Swiss forward Dimitri Oberlin (R) vies with Manchester United's English defender Luke Shaw during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between FC Basel and Manchester...

Oberlin shows a lot of promise for the future, but Newcastle desperately need an injection of quality, if they are to avoid the drop.

The Magpies are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table, after failing to win any of their last nine matches.

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