Southampton must hijack Newcastle’s move for rapid 20-year-old striker

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According to reports in The Sun on December 17, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is keen to sign Red Bull Salzburg striker Dimitri Oberlin, who is currently on loan with FC Basel, during the January transfer window.

The Magpies have dropped into the relegation zone after only scoring 16 goals in their opening 18 Premier League matches this term, and The Sun says that Benitez believes the 20-year-old can boost his side’s goal threat.

The report adds that while Manchester United have also kept tabs on the Switzerland U21 international as he was in their Champions League group this term, the Tyneside outfit are in pole position to wrap up a deal for the £20m-rated attacker.

Meanwhile, Southampton’s disappointing top flight season continued as they suffered successive defeats to Leicester City and Chelsea that left them just three points above the relegation zone, and Mauricio Pellegrino will be looking at his attacking options considering his team have also been goal-shy – they have netted 17 times in their opening 18 Premier League games.

The Argentine is coming under increased scrutiny from the St Mary’s faithful, and bringing Oberlin to the club could prove to be a shrewd move.

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