Report: Newcastle aim to start Mitrovic bidding war amid Wolves interest

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Wolverhampton at The Den on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers have scouted Aleksandar Mitrovic, with the Newcastle United striker thriving at Fulham.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham FC celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in...

You could hardly say that Aleksandar Mitrovic has not done enough to salvage his Newcastle United career.

Since being farmed out on loan to Fulham in January, the Serbian striker has scored 12 goals in 17 Championship starts and helped the Cottagers reach the Championship play-off final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

But all this has done is encourage Newcastle to raise their asking price. The Chronicle states that manager Rafa Benitez, who has never really placed his trust in Mitrovic, is looking to offload him this summer for a fee of around £20 million.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United and Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United celebrate together after they win the leauge title after the Sky Bet Championship match between...

And according to the Chronicle, Newcastle are hoping to start a bidding war for the former Anderlecht forward this summer with a number of clubs, including Fulham themselves and Wolverhampton Wanderers, potentially interested in signing him.

Marseille, Bordeaux and Brighton have also allegedly tracked Mitrovic, whose reputation could be boosted again if he impresses at the World Cup this summer for Serbia.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham FC celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in...

So Newcastle will be hoping that he takes his recent superb form into football’s greatest competition next month and perhaps even adds a couple more pounds on to his price-tag.

Wolves, who are looking for a new centre-forward ahead of their return to the Premier League, have the benefit of almost unlimited funds thanks to their billionaire Chinese owners, so would likely have no trouble affording any fee Newcastle demand for Mitrovic.

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