Report: Newcastle consider move for Kevin Gameiro, agents trying to secure move

Kevin Gameiro of Atletico de Madrid saves on a header during his warming up prior to start the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at...

Newcastle United are reportedly keen on signing Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro.

Kevin Gameiro of Atletico de Madrid saves on a header during his warming up prior to start the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at...

According to The Mirror (02:22), Newcastle United are plotting a move for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro – but face competition from the likes of Crystal Palace, Southampton and Swansea City.

The Magpies lost 3-1 at Manchester City on Saturday night, as Sergio Aguero's hat-trick handed the Premier League leaders all three points, with Jacob Murphy's goal merely a consolation for Newcastle.

Manager Rafael Benitez has been desperate for reinforcements this month, given that his side sit just two points clear of the relegation zone, and Mike Ashley now appears willing to back him.

Kevin Gameiro of France in action during the International Friendly match between France and Ivory Coast held at Stade Felix Bollaert Deleis on November 15, 2016 in Lens, France.

A new striker is a must, given that Joselu and Dwight Gayle have struggled to score consistently, and The Mirror (02:22) report that the Magpies are considering a move for Atletico Madrid's Kevin Gameiro.

Gameiro, 30, has been a goal machine in recent years, hitting 67 goals in 144 games for Sevilla to earn a 2016 move to Atletico, and he found the net 16 times in all competitions last season.

The Frenchman has bagged five goals in all competitions this term, but has started just seven La Liga games – and the arrival of Diego Costa has now pushed him further down Diego Simeone's pecking order.

Kevin Gameiro of Atletico de Madrid strikes the ball during the Copa del Rey second leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Lleida Esportiu at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on January...

It's claimed that Gameiro's agents are trying to get him a move to England this month in order to give him regular playing time ahead of the World Cup, and Newcastle are interested in what would be a major coup.

Whether Newcastle have the funds to pull off a deal is another matter, whilst it's even added that Crystal Palace, Southampton and Swansea City are all keen on Gameiro too.

Atletico Madrid's French forward Kevin Gameiro celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match between SD Eibar and Club Atletico de Madrid at the...

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