Fernando Torres scores for Atletico Madrid

Newcastle and Southampton on alert as former Chelsea striker wants Premier League return

Newcastle and Southampton have been placed on red alert as Fernando Torres wants to return to the Premier League.The Spanish striker hasn’t played in the Premier League since 2014 when he was loaned out by Chelsea to AC Milan and Atletico Madrid. He eventually made his move to Madrid permanent in the summer of 2016 but could be set for a return.

Torres made 45 appearances for Atletico last season, scoring 10 goals, but has seemingly slipped down the pecking order, failing to score a single goal in his 10 appearances this season.

However, with Diego Costa eligible to play for Los Rojiblancos in just over six weeks time, Torres is set to be pushed further down the queue.

According to the Daily Mirror, Torres has asked to be sent out on loan in January, and has specifically asked his agent to inform Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino of his potential availability.

He is hoping to convince the two Premier League clubs to come up with a package to tempt Atletico to let him leave, before returning to his home town club next season.

Torres of course has a good relationship with Rafa Benitez, having worked together at Liverpool between 2007 and 2010 until Benitez was sacked.

Both Newcastle and Southampton are desperately looking to add a new striker to their ranks in January, having scored just 19 Premier League goals between them so far after playing 11 games each.

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