TalkSport are reporting that Macauley Bonne is the subject of interest from the likes of Newcastle United and Leicester City following his impressive start to the Championship season.
Bonne has netted six goals in 15 appearances as the 24-year-old has adjusted to life in the Championship well following a £200,000 move from National League title winners Leyton Orient in the summer.
Newcastle United have had a productive season so far following the appointment of Steve Bruce in the summer, but they will be looking to boost their strike force for the second half of the season.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser from Newcastle if they manage to pull off the Bonne deal…
Winner – Dwight Gayle
The striker has only made four substitute appearances for the Toon this season, and he will be looking for more first-team football by the time that January comes around.
The former Crystal Palace striker has always had an eye for goal, especially in the Championship, but he has only been given 44 minutes on the pitch in league action this campaign.
Newcastle bringing Bonne in will allow Steve Bruce to sort a loan deal out for the experienced forward, or potentially let him go for a reasonable price.
Gayle will be growing slightly frustrated while being sat on the Newcastle bench for the majority of the season, and he will be desperate for a January move away from St James’ Park during the winter transfer window.
Loser – Andy Carroll
The Geordie was brought back to his boyhood club in the summer by Bruce, and the 30-year-old has appeared nine times in the Premier League since returning to the club that helped give him a career.
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The former Liverpool striker has made eight of his nine league appearances from the bench during the first half of the season thus far, and if Bonne was to arrive at Newcastle soon, then him and Carroll would likely have to fight for a space on the bench.
The 24-year-old Charlton Athletic striker may be fancied over the older and more experienced bench option currently at Newcastle, with the younger option perhaps bringing more speed and goalscoring ability when on the counter.
Bruce has set his side to hit teams on the counter this season, a tactic that works, and Bonne would add another dimension to Newcastle as he would fit right in to Bruce’s game plan, whereas Carroll does not.