In Focus: Newcastle should look to rekindle Gameiro move given his current situation

Newcastle United’s reported January target Kevin Gameiro, valued at £18m according to Transfermarkt, started and scored in Atletico Madrid’s 4-1 win against FC Copenhagen in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night, and despite his success in that competition the Magpies should still consider making a move for him in the summer – if they stay up.

The Express were one of a number of media outlets claiming that the Tyneside outfit were lining up a deal to bring the Frenchman to St James’ Park during the January transfer window, as Rafa Benitez was desperate to sign a striker before the deadline.

A move never materialised though, and despite the fact that he started alongside Antoine Griezmann and scored against the Danish outfit on Thursday, he has been an unused substitute in their previous three La Liga matches.

That suggests that Gameiro, whose contract is due to expire in 2020, is still relatively out of favour under Diego Simeone for the La Liga giants, and an exit could still be on the cards for him in the summer.

With Islam Slimani only on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season and no permanent deal on the table for the 29-year-old as of yet, Benitez may well be looking for a new striker once again in the summer if his side retain their Premier League status, and rekindling a move for Gameiro could be an attractive option.

The Frenchman showed the quality he has in his locker on Thursday and with Sevilla previously, and he could prove to be a succcess in the Premier League given the ability that he clearly has.