Newcastle United undoubtedly need a few new defenders in January, but there is also, arguably, room for another forward.

Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are Newcastle’s two best players.

But the quality in reserve is lacking.

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Dwight Gayle doesn’t have the best record at Premier League level, and Joelinton is no longer really considered a central striker.

So a transfer should be considered in January, and Newcastle probably shouldn’t look much further than Duvan Zapata, a player who is enjoying a brilliant season with Atalanta.


The Colombia international has made 16 appearances across all competitions so far this term.

And he has 16 goal involvements, scoring 10 times and making six assists.

Those are brilliant numbers, especially with him missing the first two league games through injury.

And it’s not a one-off season for Zapata.

Last term he finished with 19 goals and 14 assists, and in 2019/20 he scored 19 again and made nine assists.

His overall record for Atalanta is 76 goals and 37 assists in 146 appearances.

Interestingly, Newcastle have actually been linked with Zapata before.

In 2019, the Chronicle reported that the club had made checks on the South American, who had worked with Rafa Benitez at Napoli.

Secolo XIX also reported interest from Newcastle in June 2018.

Newcastle should consider reigniting Duvan Zapata interest

There are bigger priorities for Newcastle in January than signing a striker.

But can Newcastle really afford to overlook a player who has been so productive in the past couple of years?

If anything he would increase the competition at St. James’ Park, which can only be healthy.

His contract expires in the summer of 2023, suggesting there is perhaps a deal to be done in the next window.

Zapata is 30, and so Atalanta may wish to cash in before his value drops.

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