Newcastle Challenge Sunderland for Swedish ace

Newcastle have joined North East rivals Sunderland in the queue for Manchester City hotshot John Guidetti according to the Daily Mail.

The Swedish striker spent last season on loan with Dutch side Feyenoord and impressed in Eredivisie scoring 20 goals in 23 appearances.

The 20 year old returned to the Etihad Stadium this summer but increasing competition for places at City means he is far from manager Roberto Mancini’s first choice. Rather than spend the season stuck way down the pecking order, the prolific forward is keen to find regular first team football to help continue his progression.

A number of Premier League clubs are thought to be monitoring his progress but Newcastle and Sunderland appear to be leading the race for his signature. Both sides are looking to bolster their attacking options this summer as the Magpies prepare for the impending departure of Demba Ba and the Mackems search for a replacement for Nicklas Bendtner.

Having made just one senior appearance, Guidetti missed out on Sweden’s Euro 2012 excursions after an inflamed nerve in his thigh muscle curtailed his involvement. Despite his injury the young forward still highly sought after having scored three hat-tricks during an impressive domestic season in Holland.

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