Report: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley tells Rafael Benitez he can spend big on Kevin Gameiro

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.

Newcastle United have made a record breaking bid for a striker.

Atletico Madrid's forward from France Kevin Gameiro (L) and Qarabag's defender from Albania Ansi Agolli vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between...

According to the Daily Express, Newcastle United’s record breaking striker bid is for Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro.

Newcastle has finally been told he can spend at St. James’ Park this month by Mike Ashley.

And Gameiro is Newcastle’s strike target, according to the Express.

Kevin Gameiro of Sevilla celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel,...

The French striker has fallen out of favour at Atleti, following their signing of Diego Costa.

Gameiro has struggled for game time for Diego Simeone’s side this term, but has previously been a prolific scorer in Spain’s top tier.

Gameiro is now 30-years-old, so Newcastle spending so much money on him would be an impressive show of ambition, given that he is unlikely to have much re-sale value.

Sevilla's French forward Kevin Gameiro  celebrates after scoring a goal  during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium...

Newcastle have been looking for a new striker for much of the season so far, as their current collection of front men have failed to hit the back of the net with any regularity.

Newcastle’s current record transfer stands at £16 million, and Gameiro is set to cost slightly more, if he does move to Tyneside this month.

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