Three reasons Newcastle must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign Guido Carrillo

According to reports in The Sun, Southampton have launched a £17.5m bid to sign Monaco striker Guido Carrillo during the January transfer window.

Saints are only lying outside of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference following a disastrous campaign in which they have only scored 21 goals in their 22 top flight matches, and manager Mauricio Pellegrino is keen to boost his side’s frontline this month.

With Charlie Austin set to be out for around two months with a hamstring injury, the Argentine boss is looking for a target man and the 26-year-old Monaco man fits the bill.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are just four places and two points above the south coast outfit in the standings, and while they picked up a vital 3-2 win against West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend, they have netted one less goal than Saints this term.

Even though there is yet to be any progress with regards to a takeover, Rafa Benitez will be keen to add new players to his squad before the window slams shut on January 31 in order to boost his side’s chances of surviving, and bringing Carrillo to St James’ Park could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign the Argentine attacker…