Newcastle have been linked with a number of strikers this summer, with hopes of a return to Tyneside for Salomon Rondon looking less likely as time goes by.

Wesley Moraes is a name that has been mentioned, and from reports in the Chronicle, the player has been contacted and is keen on a move to St James’ Park – but only if Rafa Benitez stays at the club.

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With no breakthrough appearing close regarding the Spaniard’s future, Lazio were confident of taking advantage of the delay to swoop for the Club Brugges front-man.

Italian publication Il Mesaggero claimed the two clubs were only €4-5 million apart in their valuations, and a deal was thought to be imminent.

But the player’s apparent desire to move to England may be the reason new reports in Italy claim the Roman side are looking at alternatives to the Brazilian striker.

It is claimed Lazio would prefer Wesley, but have a contingency plan in place, and may make a move for Atalanta forward Andrea Petagna.

The Italian has been a target for Leicester City, who were said to be considering a bid of €20m, with the player having impressed during his loan spell at Serie A side S.P.A.L.

Getting Wesley to St James’ Park would be good news for Newcastle fans

Lazio’s move for Petagna could be a sign of some good news for Newcastle fans, at a time where an air of worry and trepidation reigns over Tyneside.

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Wesley, at just 22-year-old, would be a tremendous acquisition for the Toon, and would go a long way to settling nervous fans ahead of the new season.

With just 40 days until Newcastle’s first pre-season game at the Asia Trophy in China, there is a lot of business that needs to be sorted out beforehand.

Least of all the managerial position, closely followed by getting players in as soon as possible.

Until an announcement is made about Rafa’s future plans, the club remains in limbo, and it is helping no one for Newcastle to limp along aimlessly.

The time for action is now, or yet another target will be heading elsewhere while Newcastle’s power-men stutter and dither through the summer.

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