Newcastle United have reportedly accepted an offer from Fulham for Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Aleksandar Mitrovic spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage but Fulham have been locked in talks to bring him back to the club on a permanent basis.
He scored 12 goals on loan last season, struck up a close bond with Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic and was eager to return to west London.
“Every day he shows me support, that he believes in me and trusts me,” Mitrovic told Standard Sport in April. “Of course you can see on the pitch I am really positive. I’m really confident and really enjoy playing under him.”
Speaking after Newcastle’s 0-0 in Porto on Saturday, manager Rafael Benitez defended Mitrovic’s sale and told Sky Sports News: “It means we can bring in another striker and we can be stronger.”
Yoshinori Muto has already agreed on terms with Newcastle to join from Mainz, although the Japan striker will have to wait for next week’s hearing over his work permit to finalise the move.
Asked if offloading Mitrovic meant bringing in another striker as well as Muto, Benitez added: “Yes. We did this business with Muto because we needed to do something more.
“I don’t control the accounts but if you do the maths we have enough money.”