Newcastle have been monitoring Metz striker Habib Diallo, as they look to bolster their goal-scoring options in January, according to the Express, but may face competition from Leicester.

Diallo is the second top scorer with eight goals in Ligue 1, alongside Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, and just one goal behind leading marksman Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco.

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The report claims Brendan Rodgers is looking to make the first move for the 24-year-old forward, but Newcastle have been watching him and sending reports back to Steve Bruce and his recruitment team.

The forward has played twice for Senegal, and has captained Metz on three occasions this season. He is reportedly available for around £7 million, which would seem to be a bargain fee in the current transfer market.

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Newcastle were reportedly looking at fellow Ligue 1 goal-scorer Victor Osimhen of Lille a couple of weeks ago, but would likely be a slightly more expensive option, with him having made a £10.8m to France from Charleroi in Belgium in the summer.

Diallo is 6ft 1in and had a very successful loan season at Ligue 2 side Stade Brest 29 last campaign.

 

He scored 26 times in just 37 French second tier games, and chipped in with a further six assists, which saw him named in the Ligue 2 team of the season.

Newcastle still only have one goal from a striker

Newcastle found some of their missing goal-scoring touch at West Ham on Saturday, but tellingly, none of their three goals came from a forward – two from centre-backs and a direct free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey.

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Although the forwards played much, much better at the London Stadium, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron both missed chances which, in closer games, could have proved costly.

So clearly, Bruce still needs to consider more attacking options to help find more goals in the second half of the season, to lower the burden currently placed on Joelinton’s shoulders.

With two links coming from Ligue 1, clearly Newcastle are heavily scouting the French market, reverting to the Graham Carr model of recruitment from years gone by.

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