Newcastle United are keen to bring Austria international Raphael Holzhauser to the Premier League from Belgian outfit Beerschot, according to Jeunes Footeaux.

The Magpies haven’t had a goalscoring midfielder worthy of the name since Gini Wijnaldum’s brief stay on Tyneside. With that in mind, the prospect of Holzhauser arriving in January is certain to give Newcastle fans a rare shot of excitement.

Right now, there aren’t many midfielders with a better goalscoring record in Europe than a man whose fine form earned him a first Austria cap in October.

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Holzhauser has hit double figures before, during his spell at Austria Vienna, but looks certain to better his career-best tally of 13 in 2020/21.

The late-blooming 27-year-old has already hit the target nine times in 12 matches. A further eight assists show there’s more to Holzhauser’s game than putting the ball in the back of the net.

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Jeunes Footeaux reports Newcastle will face competition from an ambitious Hertha Berlin outfit for his signature.

Hertha were taken over by wealthy US investors during the 2019/20 campaign. Remarkably, every one of their seven most expensive signings have taken place within the past two years.

Given Holzhauser’s contract is due to expire in July, however, he’s not a player who would require Hertha, or Newcastle for that matter, to break the bank.

Steve Bruce has prioritised players with a proven Premier League record such as Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis.

But the chance to sign a genuine goalscoring midfielder, nicknamed ‘Messi Of The Alps’, for a cut-price fee may be too good to miss.

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