Report: Newcastle targeting Borussia Dortmund's Maximilian Philipp

Dortmund's forward Maximilian Philipp celebrate scoring the 5-0 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne, in...

Newcastle United are pursuing Borussia Dortmund's Maximilian Philipp.

Dortmund's forward Maximilian Philipp celebrate scoring the 5-0 goal with his teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v FC Cologne, in...

According to The Chronicle, Borussia Dortmund striker Maximilian Philipp is wanted by Newcastle United this month – despite a £19million price tag.

The Magpies lost 2-1 at Chelsea on Saturday evening, and remain in desperate need of new recruits during this month's transfer window, especially in attack.

A skilful, creative forward to play off Salomon Rondon would be ideal, with Ayoze Perez still unconvincing in that role, and a new target has emerged.

 

The Chronicle report that Newcastle are interested in Dortmund talent Philipp, who has endured a tough time with injuries over the last year.

The 24-year-old made an £18million move (Goal) from Freiburg to Dortmund in 2017, and showed promise with nine goals in 20 Bundesliga games last term before a patella tendon issue.

Philipp is back, but has started just eight games this term as Paco Alcacer has become Dortmund's undoubted first-choice striker this season.

Dortmund's striker Maximilian Philipp celebrates scoring during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund  vs Borussia Moenchengladbach in Dortmund, western...

Philipp is now thought to be available for £19million, and whilst he fits the bill for Newcastle, Rafael Benitez may need to get craft in order to lure him to St James' Park.

Newcastle are unlikely to have £19million to spend on Philipp this month, and whilst Stuttgart have already had one loan bid turned down, that may be the Magpies' best ploy.

A loan deal with a permanent clause included may just tempt Dortmund into business, especially if it's not to a Bundesliga rival, so Newcastle aren't quite out of the running despite that asking price.

Maximilian Philipp of Dortmund looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on December 11, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco.

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