NEWCASTLE are in talks with Galatasaray over the transfer of Ryan Babel, according to reports.

The forward, 33, would provide an added attacking threat to a Toon side desperately struggling to score goals.

Steve Bruce's injury-ravaged side have ten players in the treatment room and out of action.

And the endemic is doing nothing to help with their troubles in front of goal.

Newcastle have managed just 20 goals in their opening 21 Premier League games this season – only Watford and Crystal Palace have scored fewer.

Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron and £40million record-signing Joelinton have bagged one apiece so far.

So turning to experienced attacker Babel could help transform the Magpies' fortunes, as reported by Eurosport – while Olivier Giroud is also a target.

Winger Babel has 114 goals in his 525-game club career, which started at Ajax.

He joined Liverpool in 2007 and spent four seasons at Anfield before spells in Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain and the UAE.

The Dutchman returned to England last year for a short-term spell with Fulham.

He netted an impressive five goals in 16 appearances during his time at Craven Cottage – but it was not enough to keep the West London side in the Premier League.

It is thought Galatasaray want to offload Babel this month after struggling to make much of an impact since joining at the beginning of the season.

Eredivisie giants Ajax are also reportedly considering making a move for their former star.

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