Newcastle fans discuss swapping Mitrovic for Benteke

Newcastle fans have been discussing a possible swap deal with Crystal Palace to acquire Christian Benteke, but they’re completely against the idea.

Crystal Palace have become the latest club linked with a move for Aleksandar Mitrovic after Roy Hodgson spoke of his admiration for the feisty striker.

Speaking on Fulham’s playoff semi-final win over Derby, the former England manager heaped praise on the Serbian striker, who is expected to leave Tyneside this summer.

“They have Mitrovic, who probably produced the best display of target play I have seen for a long while the other night,” Hodgson said.

“Using his body well to hold the ball up and either turn the defender, or bring others into the play – a bit like Alan Shearer really.”

High praise indeed from the Eagles’ boss, who could well pursue the 23 year-old as a replacement for the out of form Benteke.

Benteke has of course struggled since his major move to Liverpool, but the big Belgian scored 42 league goals across three seasons with a struggling Aston Villa side, and one Newcastle fan has proposed giving him a shot at redemption up north.

The responses have been overwhelmingly negative though, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions below…