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Newcastle transfer news: Rafa Benitez ready to raid Prem rivals in bid to bolster ranks

Newcastle transfer news: Rafa Benitez ready to raid Prem rivals in bid to bolster ranks
25 Jun
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Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing Josh King

The midfielder joined the Toon from the south coast club two years ago. 

But according to The Sun he might be returning to his former stomping ground in a surprise part exchange for Josh King. 

Benitez is desperate to bolster his striking options and it’s suggested King is a top target. 

Bournemouth won’t let their influential star leave on the cheap though. 

They are demanding at least £20m to let him leave the Vitality Stadium. 

In a bid to get a deal done, The Sun say Ritchie could be used as a makeweight. 

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Josh King is wanted by Newcastle

“Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing Josh King”

Newcastle might be able to raise additional funds by offloading Aleksandar Mitrovic. 

The Serbian striker – who spent the end of last season on loan at Fulham – is strutting his stuff at the World Cup. 

Starsport understands the Cottagers would like to sign him permanently following his impressive temporary stint west London. 

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Matt Ritchie could return to Bournemouth

The powerful target man scored 12 goals in 17 games under Slavisa Jokanovic’s stewardship. 

Mitrovic said: “He [Jokanovic] did the best for me, I think he did the best for every player.

“He played a system that every player liked and enjoyed – we played unbelievable football this season I give credit to Slavisa and his staff because they did an unbelievable job”.

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