Ex-Liverpool hitman wants Prem return; Newcastle, Saints on alert

Fernando Torres Set For Premier League Return?

Fernando Torres has been linked with a surprising return to the Premier League

While Torres may have suffered from tepid chemistry with Hodgson - not to mention the rudimentary football during his tenure - he had no such problem with the Englishman's predecessor at Liverpool.

Newcastle fans will be hopeful that Benitez can lure his compatriot to St James' Park after the striker spent three years working under the Magpies boss at Liverpool and nearly one season at Chelsea.

PCP is backed by £28billion in funds from the Middle East and China and is looking to move into the riches of the top flight in England.

A year ago he returned to Atletico Madrid, where he began his career.

Certainly compared to Joselu, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle, Torres would represent an injection of quality.

And Barkley's availability has led to a host of leading teams chasing him.

The Toon's strong start to the season has been undermined by their lack of objective in attack, with a total of 10 goals in 11 league games hardly the envy of the division.

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.

Barring a mini-revival at Atletico a couple of years ago, Torres' goal haul has declined season on season for nearly half a decade.

And he won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup after making a £50million move to Chelsea.

Among them Rafa Benitez, a manager with whom I was lucky to work with in the past.

The rehabilitation of former Red, Fernando Torres-a long process that only began when he finally left Chelsea for Milan and then Atletico Madrid-may be on to a new and exciting chapter as the striker reportedly has his heart set on a return to the Premier League.

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