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Newcastle seek Belgian plan B

Genk's Jelle Vossen

Newcastle have turned their attention to Genk forward Jelle Vossen, reports the Daily Star.

The Belgian star has replaced Bafetimbi Gomis on the Toon’s radar, after the club conceded they wont be bringing the French forward to the Premier League.

With a move for Darren Bent also unlikely, Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew have turned their attention to 24-year-old Vossen. The forward has scored 57 goals in his last three seasons in the Belgian league, as well as  13 goals in his last three European competitions. Five of those goals came in the Champions League, where he scored against Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.

Everton and Sunderland have both been linked with Vossen in the past, but the pair never turned their interest into a formal bid. Now Newcastle are planning to approach Genk with a £7million bid before they face Manchester City on Monday for their fist match of the new Premier League season.

The Geordies have already brought in QPR forward Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, but the French forward will miss the start of the season due to a calf injury.

Newcastle thought Gomis would be coming to St. James’ Park when Moussa Sissoko revealed the striker was keen on moving to the North East. But with Kinnear and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas unable to agree on a fee, the Toon will move for Vossen instead.

Is a move for Vossen the right idea? Could he bring his scoring record to England?

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