Selling Mitrovic for £20m could boost Newcastle's chances of affording Plea

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United and Fulham have reportedly agreed a £20million fee for Mitrovic so it is a huge boost in the pursuit of Alassane Plea.

Nice's French forward Alassane Plea celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on...

Newcastle United are looking to land a prolific striker for next season after scoring just 39 league goals last term.

The Magpies are keen on Nice forward Alassane Plea, and are preparing a second bid for the 25-year-old, according to the Northern Echo.

The Ligue 1 side want £27million for their star man and, while Newcastle's opening bid was short of that valuation, they have been handed a huge boost going by recent reports.

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Fulham are keen on making a permanent move for Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic following his successful loan at Craven Cottage during the second half of last term, and both sides have agreed a fee in the region of £20million, according to the Telegraph.

Serbia player Aleksandar Mitrovic in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Brazil at Spartak Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Sanctioning Mitrovic's sale will surely boost Newcastle financially in their pursuit of Plea, and the Frenchman is definitely an upgrade on the Serbia international.

The Nice star ended last season with 21 goals and six assists across all competitions, with his ability to play out wide a quality that would come handy at St. James' Park.

While Mitrovic managed to score 12 goals in 18 Championship starts for Fulham to remind all and sundry of his quality, he does not offer much outside the box and is not a lethal finisher going by the many chances he squandered at the World Cup.

On the other hand, Plea is very mobile and can also do damage outside the box with his dribbling abilities.

With 14 goals to his name in 2016-17, the Frenchman is far from being a one-season wonder and can only get better going forward.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos (R) vies with Nice's French forward Alassane Plea during the French L1...

Newcastle returning with another bid in order to get a deal over the line suggests manager Rafa Benitez has found the perfect answer to his side's struggles in front of goal, and selling Mitrovic to seal a summer move for Plea could be a great choice for the club in the end.

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