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Newcastle leading chase for Ewerthon

Newcastle are leading the race to sign Brazilian free agent Ewerthon, according to reports.

The club are struggling for strikers, despite coming from behind to net four goals in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, as Andy Carroll moved to Liverpool, Shola Ameobi is facing months on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone and now Leon Best is suffering with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle are not able to sign players unless they are emergency loans or free transfers and, given that former Dortmund striker Ewerthon, 29, left Palmeiras by mutual consent early in January, he has jumped to the top of the list.

The player's agent Barry McIntosh admitted talks with a number of clubs were ongoing.

"A number of clubs like Ewerthon, he is a free agent and is looking to seal his next move," McIntosh told skysports.com. ''It is no secret that a number of Premier League clubs are keen on him.

"I am not going to go into details about who we are talking with, but if you're asking me about whether he would move to Newcastle? Then yes, obviously they are a calibre of club he would very much consider playing for."

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