Newcastle United eyeing Leeds star Kemar Roofe in January – reports

Newcastle United eyeing Leeds star Kemar Roofe in January – reports

Newcastle are interested in recruiting in-form Leeds man Kemar Roofe in January.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is desperate to add more firepower as they look to preserve their Premier League status for another season.

Roofe celebrates his last-gasp winner at Aston Villa earlier this month

The forward, 25, cost £3million after joining from Oxford United in 2016 and the deal has proved to be a bargain with Roofe scoring 13 goals in 18 games this term including last-minute winners against Aston Villa and Blackburn this month.

The Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle could table an offer for Roofe if Benitez is given the funds to spend in January.

But Leeds are not willing to sell their prized asset as the Championship table-toppers look to win promotion back to the Premier League.

Newcastle are in need of goals this season as Salomon Rondon is the only player who has scored more than two goals this season.

It’s been a tough season for Benitez and Newcastle so far

The Championship side cashed in the sale of Chris Wood who joined Burnley in 2017 and with Roofe’s current deal due to run out in June 2020, the club will be very keen to tie him down to Elland Road with improved terms.

Roofe is an ambitious player and previously said in an interview with SunSport that he reads books to help him understand what he has to do to be a top footballer.

He said: “I like reading autobiographies. Kieron Dyer and Joey Barton are two recent ones I’ve read. I like to know what made other people successful or even unsuccessful.”