Three reasons Newcastle must hijack West Brom’s bid to sign Karl Toko Ekambi
According to reports on French media outlet L’Equipe, West Bromwich Albion and Premier League rivals Crystal Palace have both made enquiries for Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi.
Both teams haven’t had a centre-forward scoring regularly this season, with the Eagles’ Christian Benteke only netting his first top flight goal of the campaign in the win against Leicester City last week.
While Ekambi is already enjoying the best season of his career for the French side, they still lie second-bottom of Ligue 1 and won’t want to lose their talisman during the January transfer window.
However, if the Baggies – managed by Alan Pardew – and Palace push hard for the 25-year-old then he could be moving to England sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United have strikers like Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic in their squad, but none of them have brought the consistent goal threat that manager Rafa Benitez would have been looking for.
The Magpies slipped into the relegation zone after taking just one point out of a possible 27, and the Spanish boss will already be looking at options to strengthen his squad.
A new striker may be a priority and bringing Ekambi to St James’ Park could prove to be a shrewd move.
Here are three reasons Newcastle must hijack West Brom’s bid to sign the attacker…