Fran Sol could be available for free in January; Benitez should prepare Newcastle's offer

Fran Sol of Willem II scores against PSV Eindhoven during the Eredivisie match between Willem II and PSV in Tilburg, on March 10, 2018.

Newcastle United should be looking at William II's Fran Sol.

Fran Sol of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between Willem II v Feyenoord at the Koning Willem II Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Tilburg Netherlands

Newcastle United are still waiting for a first win this season, as they still managed to lose even after leading 2-0 at Manchester United on Saturday evening.

Fans have been left furious at a lack of backing for manager Rafael Benitez, and whilst he is set to be restricted by owner Mike Ashley once again in January, Newcastle should be looking to potential bargains on pre-contract agreements.

Players outside of England can be signed for free inside the final six months of their contracts, providing Newcastle with an effective way of bringing in quality players without needing to splash the cash.

 

With Salomon Rondon goalless and Joselu hardly a consistent goalscorer, another striker may be needed – and Benitez should look to one of his compatriots finding the net regularly in the Netherlands.

Ex-Real Madrid youngster Fran Sol has been in prolific form ever since signing for Willem II, and smashed 16 goals as well as five assists in 32 Eredivisie games last season.

This term, Sol already has seven goals in eight games, and whilst Willem can attempt to activate a one-year option on his deal, Newcastle could technically submit their own pre-contract offer to the striker in January.

Fran Sol of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between De Graafschap v Willem II at the De Vijverberg on September 30, 2018 in Doetinchem Netherlands

Sol, 26, isn't especially strong or fast, but is a deadly finisher and is impressive in the air for 5ft 11in frame, meaning he can play up front on his own in Benitez's 4-4-1-1 system, having played in a similar role for Willem.

Even if Willem are able to activate that one-year option, Sol would still only have 18 months left on his deal and could be signed for a knockdown fee, and Benitez should be well aware of what his compatriot is doing in the Netherlands and how he can bring those goals to Tyneside in 2019.

Fran Sol of Willem II scores against PSV Eindhoven during the Eredivisie match between Willem II and PSV in Tilburg, on March 10, 2018.

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