Wolves in for Newcastle Star: Magpies Name Their Price

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are already looking to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League and are planning a swoop for the Championship’s most in-form striker.

The Birmingham Mail claims Newcastle United named their price for Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, as £20m for the Serbia international.

After a spell where goals were the hardest currency of all, his 12 goals in 13 games on loan at Fulham helped rehabitate his faltering reputation. His cause wasn’t helped with disciplinary indiscretions which pockmarked his Magpies career.

Despite the improved form, Rafa Benitez is still determined to offload the striker even though his squad is struggling for goals this season. Newcastle are the sixth-lowest goalscorers in the Premier League despite their mid-table position.

Brighton and Hove Albion had a £15m bid rejected during the January transfer window, with Newcastle keen for a bigger profit on his sale having paid Anderlecht £13m three years ago.

Mitrovic failed to find goalscoring form in the struggling Premier League side he joined or the successful Championship team the Magpies transformed themselves into. 14 goals in 65 appearances was nowhere near as prolific as he had been in Belgian football.

His time at Craven Cottage has provided a useful and timely reminder of his abilities, propelling Fulham into second place in the Championship as boosting his own chances of travelling to Russia for the World Cup finals with his country.