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Newcastle eyeing budget striker smash and grab

Newcastle United have been busy scouting two new strikers in preparation for the January transfer window, according to Chronicle Live.

The first target is Zimbabwean international Matthew Rusike, who has recently been playing in the Swedish Premier League for Halmstads BK. It’s believed their recent relegation makes Rusike available on a free transfer.

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He’s no stranger to English football as he played for three years in Charlton Athletic’s youth team. His ability to also operate as a winger could go some way to explain his low goals return. He’s netted three in 10 for Halmstads and before that he only managed two in 12 for Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premiership.

The second Magpies target, Anthony Koura, also has a poor goal to game ratio. So far he’s managed just one in 10 for Ligue 2 side Nimes. Again, the youngster operates across the front line as opposed to an out-and-out striker.

Koura, born in Le Mans, had previously been on trial at Newcastle but the club opted not to pursue the matter. Since then Mike Ashley’s scouts have raced back to France to re-examine the prospect.

Both are budget options that will have Toon fans worried that players like Papiss Cissé aren’t going to get suitable reinforcements.

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