Newcastle boss aiming to cure striking woe and draft in lethal forward

Newcastle United are ending to put an end to their long running pursuit of a striker by securing a deal for a proven finisher this summer, according to the Chronicle Live.

The Magpies were blighted by their failures in front of goal last season and their bluntness in the final third was a major reason why they were relegated.

Though around £13m was spent on brining Aleksandar Mitrovic to the club last summer, the Serbian proved inconsistent in the Premier League.

Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino were two names widely tipped to join, though the club proved unable to pull off deals for either of the two across the course of the last two transfer windows.

To that end, manager Rafa Benitez is said to be keen on drafting in proven potency as he bids to take the Toon Army up at the first time of asking.

Fulham and Scotland striker Ross McCormack has been linked with a move to Tyneside.