After a summer watching forward targets slip through their fingers, Newcastle have been strongly linked with a £4m January move for Heerenveen’s Icelandic international Alfred Finnbogason.
Magpies midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa’s late goal in the 1-0 win against Fulham last time out is the north east side’s only Premier League strike this season, so it is hardly surprising they are back in the market for a prolific frontman.
Finnbogason can certainly be described thus and had he carried an incredible run of 24 goals in his first 27 Eredivisie games last term through until the end of the campaign then eventual top scorer Wilfried Bony may not have been the only £10m-plus striker to leave Holland during the summer.
As it was, the goals dried up after the middle of April and mooted moves to Celtic and Cardiff failed to materialise.
Newcastle were offered the striker near the end of the transfer window, but were still hopeful of signing Bafetimbi Gomis at the time and passed up the chance.
With that move eventually falling through, the decision not to bite Heerenveen’s hands off now looks like a bad one.
The 24-year-old forward has already struck six times in four league games this season, including a fine brace against champions Ajax last time out.
Aside from two disappointing seasons at Belgian side Lokeren, Finnbogason has banged in goals consistently since his time in the same Breidablik youth team as Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Marco van Basten snapped him up a year ago after being wowed by his 12-goal return in a 17-game loan spell at Swedish club Helsingborgs.
Heerenveen are in financial trouble and Van Basten is under pressure to trim his squad with the club haemorrhaging money.
Finnbogason will only have 18 months left on his contract by the start of the winter window and Newcastle are likely to get their man for less than the £5m they were asked to pay during the summer.