Newcastle United have sent scouts to watch Lille striker Moussa Sow in Ligue 1, with the Barclays Premier League team keen to secure the Senegalese international, the Daily Mail has reported.
Newcastle will be looking to find a striker to fill the absence of Andy Carroll, after his departure to Liverpool for a record £35 million.
With speculation rising that the Toon are planning to spend big with their large cash injection in the summer, the £7 million price tag The Daily Mail has placed on Sow will be a fine bargain and allow Newcastle to bring in fresh blood around the striker as well.
But just like on the field, Newcastle are facing competition from fierce rivals Sunderland in the hunt to secure Sow. Sunderland’s striker Asamoah Gyan has recently expressed a desire to play for Manchester United. “Of course I’m a big fan of Manchester United and will like to play for them if the chance comes my way," Gyan told GHANAsoccernet.com in February.
Sunderland will obviously be looking to replace Gyan should he hand in his transfer request, and with Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly planning a £100 million spending spree at Manchester United in the summer, this could be a very real possibility.
Italian side Juventus and French outfit Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest in Sow, also sending scouts to watch the striker who currently holds the top scoring record in the French league so far this season with 17 goals.
Sow is currently contracted to Lille until 2013, but for the right price could be elsewhere in Europe a year earlier than expected.