Newcastle could make one last dramatic swoop in the transfer window after lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer, according to The Sun.
The Spain international is being linked to the north-east in a loan move which could see the striker join on a permanent basis for £25m, and given his pedigree in the game he’d certainly be an exciting signing.
However, the 26-year-old would likely need to hit the ground running in order to build up his confidence, after all Newcastle don’t want another repeat of the misfiring Joelinton, who has two goals this year.
Alcacer may be low on morale too considering he has started just six league games this term, but he still has five Bundesliga goals to boast of, finding the target a total of 12 times for club and country, as per WhoScored.
He is very much a natural finisher who knows where the goal is. Last season for Dortmund he scored 18 goals from just 11 league starts, but he may find life more difficult at St. James Park.
His form this season is a cause for concern as he has been far from his best, both in terms of scoring and in general play.
The biggest indicator of that is his 1.5 shots per game, which highlight a worrying lack of movement and inability to take up dangerous positions, an aspect of his play which bears a resemblance to Joelinton.
Steve Bruce must bring in players he knows will act as an upgrade on his current options, though. Alcacer’s 0.5 key passes per game and 74% accuracy suggest he has performed below the standard required by the Magpies currently, and that should be a concern.
He has scored more than Joelinton but playing in a team which has averaged just 39% possession could see that change, as he will no longer have the service of quality players like Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard to feed off, who have contributed a combined 20 league assists this campaign.
As eye-catching as the deal might be, it could be a mistake to sign him.
In other news, there has been a considerable recent development taking place off the pitch.