Three reasons Southampton must hijack Newcastle’s bid to sign Davie Selke

According to German media outlet Sport Bild, Newcastle United are interested in signing Hertha Berlin striker Davie Selke, who is rated at £7.2m according to Transfermarkt, before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is desperate to bring in a new centre-forward to the club before the end of the month with his team lying just one point above the Premier League relegation zone with 22 goals in their 24 top flight matches so far this season.

First-choice strikers Joselu and Dwight Gayle have only netted seven of those, and the Tyneside outfit have been heavily linked with a number of new attackers in the last couple of weeks, with Selke’s name cropping up alongside Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen this week.

Meanwhile, Southampton are having goalscoring problems of their own with 24 in 24 Premier League games, and they currently lie one point below the Toon and are situated in the bottom three.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino looks to be closing in on a £19.2m deal for Monaco striker Guido Carrillo, but the under-fire Argentine won’t be finished there when it comes to strengthening his attacking options and bringing Selke to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Southampton must hijack Newcastle’s bid to sign the 23-year-old…