Newcastle ready to beat Real Madrid to signing of cut-price Brazilian wonderkid dubbed 'the new Neymar'
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Newcastle are reportedly plotting a January move to sign Brazil wonderkid Marcos Leonardo - a forward who has been compared to a young Neymar.
Eddie Howe's side are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, who are currently without 11 first team players.
They include strikers Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak, while wingers Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy and Miguel Almiron are also out of action.
While many of those are expected to return by January, their latest run of poor form suggests that the Magpies need to strengthen their squad - and they have reportedly identified Marcos Leonardo as an option.
The 20-year-old has scored 13 goals in 27 Brazilian Serie A appearances for Santos this season, matching his tally from the previous campaign.
The striker, who netted five goals in five games at the U20 World Cup earlier this year - and is reportedly available at a bargain price.
That's according to Fabrizio Romano, who wrote in his CaughtOffside column that the Brazilian will leave Santos in January at an asking price of £17.5 million plus add-ons.
Should the Magpies get a deal done, however, it could be the perfect tonic for Howe's side as they look to maintain their spot in the Champions League for next season with a strong run of form in the second part of the campaign.