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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

This time last year, Newcastle United were being linked with a move for Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen, but for one reason or another, that move never came to fruition.

The striker eventually joined Napoli this summer in a £45 million deal, but with Newcastle linked prior to his continued good form in early 2020, we can’t help but feel they could have had him for a little cheaper.

The 21-year-old looks to be the real deal as well, he’s scored two goals in five Serie A starts so far this term, and last season he netted 13 goals in Ligue 1 for Lille.

LILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Lille’s Victor Osimhen during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 02, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Newcastle didn’t sign him, and they may forever regret that decision.

So far this season, the Magpies have been fine up front, with Callum Wilson banging in six goals in eight appearances, but the former Bournemouth man has now gone down with injury.

This means that the Tyneside outfit may have to call upon either Andy Carroll or Joelinton to lead the line in the coming weeks, and we all know the problems attached to either of those eventualities.

 

We can’t help but feel that Osimhen being at the club would have given them an extra option up top, and that is something they are absolutely desperate for.

With Wilson being so heavily-reliant on his pace, his injury record and his advancing age may see him decline rather quickly once he enters his 30s, but with Osimhen being just 21, he could have been a long-term answer to the club’s striker conundrum.

The annoying thing is that Newcastle identified him quite early, but they didn’t act on their interest and now it’s likely that they’ve been priced out of ever going back in for him.

United may regret this one for years to come, especially if their striking issues continue to crop up.

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Newcastle United’s English striker Callum Wilson looks on during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Everton. (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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