Newcastle United are considering a loan move for Borussia Dortmund striker Maximilian Philipp, according to a report published by The Chronicle.
The Magpies could certainly do with extra quality in attack as they look to avoid relegation this season. While Salomon Rondon has led the line admirably, the likes of Yoshinori Muto, Ayoze Perez and Joselu are not prolific scorers.
But neither is Philipp!
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side moved into the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday following their 2-1 defeat against Chelsea and the fans will be desperate for the club to add quality to their squad this month.
The 24-year-old Philipp has so far made 11 Bundesliga appearances this season and scored just one goal. And those stats for this term do not make for an impressive read.
It remains to be seen whether Dortmund will be willing to listen to offers for the German international and it is understood that they have already turned down a loan offer from VfB Stuttgart.
The Chronicle state Dortmund value Philipp at around £19 million. This means that if the Magpies are to make a move, it is likely to be a temporary offer rather than a permanent one.
Philipp is a versatile player, being able to operate anywhere across the front three. At this point in time, he would likely welcome a move to an environment at Newcastle which would allow him the chance to revitalise his career.