Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic is set to complete a £22m move to Fulham, according to Sky Sports.
Mitrovic was a revelation for the Cottagers during his loan spell in the Championship, netting 12 times in 17 league appearances. His prolific form made him a hit with Fulham’s fans, with many keen on securing the Newcastle striker on a permanent deal.
The Fulham faithful’s wishes seem to have been granted by the Fulham board, as they set to make the Serbian their fifth summer signing, following deals for Andre Schurrle, Fabri, Maxime Le Marchand and Jean Seri. Mitrovic has had a terrific 2018 on international duty, scoring 6 goals in 7 appearances, using his physical attributes to bully multiple backlines, although he only managed to find the back of the net once at this year’s World Cup.
Newcastle will need to sign a replacement striker, and Salomon Rondon is said to be a prime target for Benitez according to The Sun. The Magpies and the Baggies are said to be in talks over the switch, with Rondon being valued at £16.5m. West Brom are also considering requesting Dwight Gayle to be involved in the deal as a part exchange.
Rondon cuts a formidable figure up front, with great strength and heading ability. In today’s inflated transfer market, £16.5m will be considered relatively shrewd business for Newcastle. Benitez has been openly critical of Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board when it comes to recruitment and will be hoping there are no stumbling blocks in this transfer deal.