Newcastle remain interested in bringing in Liverpool striker Danny Ings on a loan deal in January, according to a report.
Rafa Benitez is light in attack at St James’ Park after failing with summer moves for Arsenal forward Lucas Perez and former Man City man Stevan Jovetic.
The Magpies could not afford either, but Ings is a credible target with Liverpool understood be be prepared to loan him out – meaning Newcastle, regardless of the takeover situation should be able to finance a deal.
Ings, who has a contract at Anfield until 2020, is reported to be on £60,000 a week, which Newcastle will have to cover.
Benitez ideally wants to add two strikers to his squad in January, according to the Newcastle Chronicle, with Ings at the top of the list. A lot may depend though on whether they can offload Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was made available in the summer.
Inngs, 25, has endured an injury-ridden time at Liverpool since signing from Burnley for an initial £6.5million in 2015. The forward has undergone three serious knee operations, but is injury free at the moment and looking for game time.
The former Burnley man, who has been linked with a move to Leeds, has made just one sub appearance for the first team in the EFL cup this season, although he has played seven times for the Under-23 side, scoring once.
Ings though last month admitted he will not leave Anfield without a fight.
Speaking to The Times, he said: “When you are at a club like Liverpool, it is not a club that you want to walk away from. It would grate on me for the rest of my career, and the rest of my life, if I had not done everything to give it my all.
“I still feel like I have a big part to play in this football club.”
Ings insists he can still carve out a career for himself at Liverpool and has vowed to become more than a forgotten man under Jurgen Klopp.
“Everywhere I have been, I have always found a way to make it happen. I have been in a lot of tough situations at previous clubs where it has been hard to break in,” Ings added.
“People from the outside looking in will probably have the assumption, ‘Oh, he’s the forgotten man’ but it has not crossed my mind at all. I still believe in myself. I still believe I can play in this team.