Newcastle should not hesitate to sign Andre-Pierre Gignac for a cut-price deal this month

Tigres' Ecuadorean player Enner Valencia (L) celebrates with French teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac after scoring against Puebla, during their Mexican Clausura tournament football match at...

The Frenchman could be a useful addition to the Newcastle United squad this month.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez will surely be looking to bolster his ranks at St James' Park this month, with the threat of relegation to the Championship still a very real possibility for his side.

The Spaniard has made no secret of his desire to add further firepower to his forward line, with his side's tally of just 20 Premier League goals scored being the fifth worst in the division this season.

With this in mind, Rafa should consider a move for 36-capped France international Andre-Pierre Gignac, who could be available for a cut-price deal, with his contract with Mexican side Tigres UANL close to expiring.

Tigres' French player Andre-Pierre Gignac (R) heads the ball next to Alonso Zamora of Puebla, during their Mexican Clausura tournament football match at Cuauhtemoc stadium on January 05,...

The powerful 32-year-old hitman has enjoyed a fruitful spell in Mexico, since making his switch to Tigres in 2015, scoring 67 goals in 125 appearances in all competitions.

He is competent at playing with his back to goal and bringing others into play - attributes that would make him the ideal striker partner for either Dwight Gayle or Ayoze Perez.

Whilst he would obviously not be a signing for the future for Newcastle, he might just be exactly what they need right now - proven quality and experience of playing at the very highest level.

Tigres's Andre Pierre Gignac celebrates after defeating Monterrey during their Mexican Apertura 2017 tournament football final match at the BBVA Bancomer stadium in Monterrey, Mexico. On...

Gignac still harbours ambitions of making France's World Cup squad - something that will serve as great motivation for him over the course of the next few months, and if the Toon could secure a deal to sign him on a short-term contract this month, it could turn out to be a really productive piece of business for them.

There are not too many proven goal scorers out there, and Rafa could do a lot worse than bringing the Tigres man to St James' Park this month.

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