After a long, long wait, it looks as though Rafa Benitez may finally get the centre forward he craves this month.

The Newcastle United manager had to make do with Joselu in the summer as Mike Ashley ignored his pleas for significant reinforcements for a second consecutive window, but the Magpies owner now looks to have bowed to pressure.

Nicolai Jorgensen is the man that Benitez is looking to bring in to lead the line, although Newcastle are still to agree a deal for the Denmark international.

There has been some scepticism about the signing of a striker from the Eredivisie, but Jorgensen looks to be blessed with both the physical and technical qualities to be a success in the Premier League.

And supporters know only too well that their queries over the suitability of Newcastle’s potential record buy will be echoed by Ashley.

For Benitez, after rueing the club’s failure to follow his transfer strategy, should now have no excuse if Jorgensen does not deliver.

In many ways, the Newcastle boss has brought that pressure upon himself. He could easily have spent the reported £20million fee on a Danny Ings or a Javier Hernandez and appeased fans with a proven Premier League star.

But Benitez has taken a risk and opted for a man who he feels is better suited to his Newcastle side, even if there are no guarantees that he will deliver.

The next week is huge for the Magpies as signings must arrive, but the coming months could be equally significant as Benitez places all of his eggs in an expensive Danish basket.

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