Newcastle need additions in the final third if they are to survive relegation.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are after Inter Milan loanee Keita Balde and reports suggest they can land the speedy winger on loan for £4.5million in January - and that should prompt Newcastle United into action.
Balde, 23, has struggled at Inter since joining the Serie A outfit on loan in the summer from Ligue 1 side Monaco, where he has a contract until the summer of 2022. He has managed no goals and only one assist in 13 outings.
TuttoMercatoWeb claim the loan could be ended prematurely in January, leaving Balde with the chance to leave on loan a second time. The report claims Wolves are keen to lure him to the Premier League.
It is believed that interested clubs would have to pay a loan fee of £4.5million to land the ex-Lazio attacker, who is renowned for his trickery, blistering pace and an eye for goal.
The 23-time Senegal international scored at a ratio of around one goal every four games with Lazio, netting 31 times in 137 games as well as creating 27 more strikes in assists.
Wolves have already done business with Monaco this season by bringing in Joao Moutinho, and he would certainly be a top signing for the likes of Wolves or indeed any clubs below the top six in the Premier League.
One of those, Newcastle United, have got to rival Wolves for the signature of Balde as they continue to fight for their existence in the Premier League. Attacking recruits are required if the Toon are to remain in the top flight.
Newcastle have struggled out wide this season. The club as a whole have only scored nine Premier League goals, but only one of those have come from the wingers, in Kenedy. Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu have failed.
Bringing in a player with the calibre of Balde would not only add serious quality and a goal threat at St. James' Park, but renew the optimism around Tyneside of surviving relegation. A must-buy for Rafa Benitez.
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