According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle United might be without Callum Wilson for a number of weeks.

The number nine limped off with a thigh problem against Southampton, not long after netting his second goal of the season.

This would be a huge blow for the Magpies, who are heavily reliant on Wilson up top.

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But with their Premier League squad yet to be announced, could Newcastle look towards a free agent for goals?

Five strikers who are currently free agents – could they help Newcastle?

Andy Carroll

What about the man they probably shouldn’t have got rid of this summer?

Andy Carroll was released by the Magpies earlier in the year after a disappointing return to St James’ Park.

But the big man offers something different up top, and Newcastle failed to replace him following his departure.

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Carroll is yet to find a new club, despite links with a move to Reading on deadline day.

Daniel Sturridge

Another ex-England international, and another name who won’t excite Toon fans.

The 32-year-old has been without a club for more than a year after his 2020 release by Trabzonspor. Sturridge actually had a decent record in Turkey, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances.

 

However, he’s a forward whose career has been littered with injury problems. He also turned Newcastle down back in 2018, instead joining West Brom.

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Facundo Ferreyra

Perhaps ‘Chucky’ should get a second chance at St James’ Park…

Facundo Ferreyra was released by Celta Vigo this summer, scoring just once for the Spanish side.

That’s better than he did during his loan spell with Newcastle back in the 2014/15 season. The forward failed to make a single appearance, and unsurprisingly the Magpies decided against signing him permanently.

Papiss Cisse

He did say he wants to come back to the Premier League

Hal Robson-Kanu

After suffering relegation with West Brom last season, Hal Robson-Kanu failed to receive a new contract.

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He spent the summer doing punditry for the BBC, and is yet to find a new club.

Robson-Kanu made 19 Premier League appearances last season, scoring twice.

While he’s far from prolific, the Welshman works tirelessly and can be a real handful. The fact he’s probably the best option speaks volumes…

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