Newcastle United should have been in the hunt for Cyle Larin this January

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC kicks the ball during a MLS soccer match between Real Salt Lake and the Orlando City SC at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on March 6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida....

The Canadian has joined Besiktas from Orlando City of the MLS.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake (L) of Jamaica smiles with Cyle Larin (R) of Canada after Larin missed a goal attempt in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match, July 20, 2017...Goalkeeper Andre Blake (L) of Jamaica smiles with Cyle Larin (R) of Canada

It would be fair to say that Newcastle United’s transfer window was not universally well received by fans at St James ‘ Park. The never-ending hunt for a new striker appeared to go on forever. In the end they failed to bring in Nicolai Jorgensen and Daniel Sturridge but eventually did scrape together a last minute loan deal for out of favour Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.

Newcastle fans were still left wondering why the club did not do more in this area.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City evades Markus Schwabl of Fleetwood Town during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Leicester City and Fleetwood Town at The King Power...Islam Slimani of Leicester City evades Markus Schwabl of Fleetwood Town 

So what transfer, that did happen in January, should Newcastle realistically have also been in the race for?

One player that springs to mind is Canadian striker Cyle Larin.

It was way back in October when the impressive frontman informed Orlando City and the public of his wish to head to Europe in the New Year.

In the end he got his move, making a switch to Besiktas for a fee reported to be in the region of £1.6 million by transfermarkt.

Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC chases the ball during a MLS soccer match between New York City FC and Orlando City SC at the Orlando City Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.Cyle Larin #9 of Orlando City SC 

That is a bargain for a striker of Larin’s natural potential, and one Newcastle should have been in the running for. The 22-year-old striker is a fast and powerful front option who has a good scoring record - netting 44 goals in 89 games for the Florida side.

Newcastle should have been taking an interest in the player as he would be a signing for the future with the potential to score plenty of goals in the English game, given his style of play.

At £1.6 million he was also an absolute bargain and was a perfect target they simply were never in the race for.

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