Jorgensen remains firmly in Newcastle’s sights

Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen remains firmly in Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez’s sights as he looks add firepower to the quest for Premier League survival.

The Magpies have had an initial bid for the 27-year-old Denmark international rejected with the Eredivisie club understood to be holding out for a fee in the region of £20million.

However, Football Paradise understands Newcastle are still in the hunt and, with owner Mike Ashley having sanctioned a recruitment drive during what remains of the winter transfer window, they could yet break their transfer record to land Jorgensen.

That currently stands at the £16million they paid Real Madrid for England striker Michael Owen in August 2005, long before Ashley took up the reins at St James’ Park.

Jorgensen, whose former clubs include Brondby, Bayer Leverkusen and Kaiserslautern, joined Feyenoord from FC Copenhagen in July 2016.

He has scored seven goals in 14 league appearances to date this season and two more in his four Champions League outings.

However, Robin van Persie’s return to his former club earlier this week has increased competition for places and the Magpies are hoping to persuade the frontman, who played against prospective new team-mate Ciaran Clark in both legs of his country’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland, that his future lies on Tyneside.

Jorgensen is not Benitez’s only target with Leicester’s Islam Slimani also understood to be on his radar.

The Spaniard finally got his hands on Chelsea midfielder Kenedy on Tuesday when he signed a loan deal until the end of the season, and he is now hoping for further success as he looks to boost the club’s firepower after they managed just 22 goals in their first 24 league games.

Newcastle are understood to have rebuffed an initial offer from Brighton for Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has signalled his intention to leave the club this month, and sources on Tyneside have indicated that the club is unlikely to do business with a direct relegation rival this month.

Managing director Lee Charnley is the man charged with the task of doing the deals, although he is having to do so while also conducting an ongoing investigation into Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley.

Charnley is understood to have interviewed all parties concerned in 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni’s allegation of bullying, and is currently in the process of speaking to a series of other complainants.

Beardsley, 57, denies the allegations.

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