Aston Villa and Newcastle set for January transfer battle over £25m AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek – The Sun

ASTON VILLA and Newcastle are to face off in their search for a new striker with AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek a target for both.

Steve Bruce's Magpies have overcome the pessimism around the club to stay in mid-table for much of the season but a run of one win in six underlines their need for January additions.

Record signing Joelinton continues to struggle in the lone striker role, leaving Newcastle among the Premier League's lowest scorers.

Meanwhile, Villa were left short up front by Wesley's serious knee injury suffered over the Christmas period.

According to Sky Sports Italia, the Midlands side have identified Piatek as a genuine possibility this month.

Monday reportedly saw sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch meet his Milan counterpart in Italy to discuss a deal.

It is said Villa are prepared to meet the £25million valuation the Rossoneri have placed on the 24-year-old Pole's head.

But Newcastle are also in the mix with SunSport understanding that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's arrival at the San Siro is seen by the Toon as increasing their chances with Piatek.

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