In Focus: Newcastle United should push for Niasse loan rather than permanent deal

Newcastle United are among a handful of Premier League clubs interested in signing Everton striker Cenk Tosun, according to TEAMtalk.

What’s the story?

Niasse was once a forgotten figure at Goodison Park under former manager Ronald Koeman.

At one point, the Senegal international did not even have a locker at the training ground.

This season, the forward has been given more chances on the pitch, but he has only started five Premier League games.

According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle have joined Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign the forward.

The report claims that Everton are willing to let Niasse leave due to the recent acquisition of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

Could Niasse solve Newcastle’s problems?

Rafael Benitez’s side have been struggling up front this season having netted just 20 goals in 22 league outings this season.

The 85-goal haul in the Championship during the 2016-17 campaign seems a long time ago.

Joselu and Dwight Gayle have failed to find consistency, with the pair netting just three goals each.

Niasse has certainly shown this season that he can be an asset, but he is lacking regular game time, which prevents a risk for the Magpies.

From Newcastle’s point of view, it would be best for the club to push for a loan rather than a permanent deal, particularly as the North-East outfit are not expected to have a big budget.

It would also give Benitez time to assess whether or not Niasse is worth a long-term role at Newcastle.

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